McLaren’s Jenson Button feels like his title hopes are all but gone, after he finished 12th in the Korean Grand Prix.
Button is now 42 points behind the leader, Fernando Alonso, with only 50 points still on the table. Despite this, Button has vowed to keep fighting, despite his belief that everyone will need to have failures in order to get back into title contention.
His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, remains confident in his chances and feels that the new updates that are going for his car will help McLaren remain competitive with the Ferrari and Red Bull machines.
"We can still do this," said Hamilton to the BBC. "We have some stuff coming on the car which should enable us to fight with Red Bull in Brazil and Abu Dhabi."
Hamilton is currently 21 points behind Alonso, but drivers now get 25 points for winning a race. If Hamilton can take the last two races, he might have a great shot at taking his second career championship.
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While Hamilton’s chances look decent, Button’s aren’t so good. After the race he declared himself to be out of the running.
"You say lots of crazy things in the heat of the moment. I was pretty emotional when I got out of the car," said Button on BBC Sport’s F1 Forum.
"But my championship, if the other guys do not have issues, failures, or non-scores, then yes my championship is pretty much over.”
Despite being far behind, Button refuses to just sit back and accept his fate. He has full intentions of competing to the best of his ability to still come out near the top. Yet, if the time were to come that he was out of the running all together, Button would do everything he could to help the team.
"If I can’t mathematically win the championship I would do whatever I needed to do for the team," continued Button to the BBC.