Jenson Button 'expects Mercedes domination in Malaysia'

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 22, 2013
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Mercedes will continue to dominate at the Malaysian Grand Prix, according to McLaren's Jenson Button.

Jenson Button believes that Mercedes will again set the pace at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg won the Australian Grand Prix by 26 seconds and while both Button and McLaren teammate Kevin Magnussen finished on the podium, the 2009 world champion is not expecting the Woking-based constructor to challenge for the win.

He was quoted by The Mirror as saying: "We have good upgrades coming for Sepang but I don't think that will be enough to challenge Mercedes.

"But if it puts us in the gap between them and the rest that's good news.

"We are here to fight for the championship. I don't know when a win will happen but that is what we are working towards."

McLaren currently lead the team standings, eight points ahead of Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 14, 2014
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3Red Bull184
4Force India101
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6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
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11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
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13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
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16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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