Jenson Button: 'McLaren need to close points gap on Ferrari'

Jensen Button of McLaren drives during a practise session for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix on October 26, 2013
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Jenson Button says that McLaren should be looking to rectify their deficit to Ferrari in the constructors' championship.

Jenson Button believes that McLaren need to make good use of their upgrades at the Austrian Grand Prix and begin closing the gap to Ferrari in the constructors' championship.

The Woking-based outfit trail their Italian counterparts by 21 points coming into the race at Red Bull Ring, but the 2009 world champion revealed that this weekend was earmarked as the place for the team's development's push to start and Button tried to play down the significance of the effect those upgrades will have.

He told reporters: "It's not that big. We have upgrades, yes, but we've had upgrades most races this year so we're not going to suddenly be fighting up at the front.

"But because the pack behind the first team is so close, even one tenth in a race makes a big difference; 70 lap race, seven seconds.

"Hopefully it will make a big enough difference to score some good points, like we have done in the last two races. Interestingly we're only 21 points behind Ferrari in the constructors', so I don't know how that happened, but that has to be an aim for us, to close that gap."

Button is currently seventh in the drivers' standings, 20 points ahead of rookie teammate Kevin Magnussen.

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2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
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8Esteban OconForce India45
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10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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