Jenson Button believes McLaren-Honda can challenge Ferrari on-track before the end of the 2016 Formula One season, after McLaren are set to continue development through the latter stages of the 2016 season.
McLaren suffered one of their worst ever seasons in F1 last year, after the team failed to make any Q3 appearances, and scored a total of 27 points; meaning Manor was the only team that McLaren managed to beat in the constructors championship.
However, the outlook has changed during the 2016 Formula 1 season, and improvements have been made both on the McLaren and its power unit, which has resulted in numerous Q3 appearances; and the team now sit in sixth position with 48 points.
Honda are set to introduce a brand new power unit upgrade for the Malaysian Grand Prix, and Jenson Button believes with the aid of the new power unit and a few more aerodynamic related upgrades, the team could challenge Scuderia Ferrari during the final few rounds of the season.
“You have to have aims in this sport,” Jenson Button is quoted on Sky Sports F1.
“We’ve made massive gains over the last 12 months and if you look at what we have coming in the future, we should be able to fight towards the end of the year with teams that are a above us at the moment. Ferrari would be one of them.
“If we could challenge them it would be an amazing way to end the year,” he added. “In Malaysia when we get the new upgrade we’ll see some performance gains. We could be fighting with the red cars.”