Jenson Button expects a resurgance from Red Bull over the next few races and believes that McLaren cannot become complacent in its pursuit of both crowns.
Although Red Bull’s RB6 started the season as the fastest car, the Milton Keynes-based team failed to dominate – allowing Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to keep pace in the drivers’ standings.
As a result, the McLaren duo now top the championship – something which has surprised Button.
“I think it is a surprise that Red Bull are not at the front,” said Button. “They have been so quick at every race but we have done a very good job, especially the last two races.
“We have been quick but we have also done a better job over the whole weekend. We are first and second in the Championships, and there are three points between us.
“There are only three points back to [Mark] Webber, which is not a lot, but it is a great position as we head back into Europe and Valencia. It is a circuit that is quite similar to this. I think the Red Bulls will be strong, as will Ferrari and Mercedes, but we have got a good car and we have got momentum.
“Then there is the British GP. It would be nice as a team to be leading into the British GP. I don’t know how it is going to go at the next race, but I would love to be leading going into the British GP. I am sure Lewis [Hamilton] is the same.”
Despite this, the reigning world champion believes that McLaren must be wary of Red Bull’s pace, and expects a tough battle between the two teams over the next couple of races.
“Red Bull have still got a very quick car,” he said. “I know from when I had [Sebastian] Vettel behind me how quick they were. On their day, when they get everything right, they are unbeatable. But luckily enough for us they haven’t got everything together on many occasions this season.
“Every race we go to from here on, you can’t say we will walk all over them but the Red Bulls will be there. It is whether they can put the weekend together or not.
“The next race they have a big upgrade from what I’ve heard, so they are going to be quick in Valencia. We will see where we stand when we get there.
“The British GP we have got some good upgrades which are exciting and will suit that type of circuit, so I think heading into the British GP from here it is looking good.”