We're not going to win, Button concedes
3 April 2014 – McLaren driver Jenson Button has conceded that his team does not have a realistic chance of claiming victory at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, and says even a podium finish is an unlikely outcome.
Although the team started with a double podium finish in Australia, Button's lead McLaren finished over 80 seconds off the pace at Sepang, with Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and Force India cars all finishing ahead.
While he expects the greater number of lower speed corners and cooler temperatures at Sakhir – which is hosting its first night race – to help McLaren, Button is not expecting a major change to the pecking order.
"We're not going to win the Grand Prix and we have a very slim chance of a podium," he told Sky Sports.
Button added: "Less high speed and less temperatures here will help us a lot. We have good straightline speed and we have a few new bits on the car which should help us. But the important thing is to get back on reasonable pace and fight with the Ferraris and Force India because they beat us by 36 seconds at Sepang."
Although Button has taken part in 251 race weekends, 2014's Bahrain event will mark his 250th start. He missed the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix due to injury and the 2005 United States Grand Prix amid the Michelin tyre fiasco.