Championship long-shots Mark Webber and Jenson Button each have very different targets for the rest of the 2012 calendar.
While McLaren’s Button has basically conceded the title, Australian Webber – just three points ahead of Button in the championship – is still pushing hard.
“Yes. That’s the goal, mate,” he said in Korea.
His deficit to the championship lead, however, is 60 points, so with just five races to go, some in the paddock might think a better strategy for Webber would be to back his teammate Sebastian Vettel’s realistic title challenge. When that was put to him in Korea, Webber answered: “I need to win, so that’s my goal. I’ve come here to push.
“It was a good little battle between Seb and I in Suzuka, he did a very good job in Q3. We did a very good job, and looking to finish the season as strongly as possible for myself,” he insisted.
3 points further adrift, Briton Button has admitted his title push is now all but over.
“The constructors’ is definitely on and that’s the big aim I think. When I get out of the car at the end of the race and look at the points, that’s the bit I really look at,” he said.