Jenson Button has admitted McLaren need to take some risks between now and the end of the season if the team are going to pick up their first podium finish of the year. In what has been a dismal year for the McLaren team, Button and team-mate Sergio Perez have both failed to finish in the top three so far this season.
Button and team-mate Sergio Perez finished seventh and eighth in Singapore, earning McLaren 10 points, but the result was the latest in as mediocre season the team have had for years.
Button, 33, sits ninth in the drivers’ championship with 54 points – 193 behind leader Sebastian Vettel – and the Englishman has called on team to start taking some risks if McLaren are going to be able to record some podium finishes before the end of the season.
“It’s all about taking chances, we thought we had the chance of a podium in Singapore but it didn’t come of. It was good fun trying though and we have to take risks if we want to get podium finishes this year,” said the 2009 world champion.
Despite such a poor season this year, some sports betting pundits have suggested that McLaren will most likely field an unchanged line-up next season, after both Button and Perez revealed they were close to agreeing respective deals to remain with the team in 2014. But while both drivers look set to stay with McLaren next season, there is still plenty of doubt over the line-up for the 2015 season.
While Button will need to see some serious signs of progression from the team next year if he is going to agree a new deal, Perez will need to show the team that he is capable of achieving the results McLaren – and betting punters on the bet365 website -demand.