Jenson Button: Mercedes are title challengers

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Jenson Button believes that Mercedes will be title contenders this season following Nico Rosberg's victory in China last week.

Jenson Button has conceded that Mercedes will be genuine title contenders following Nico Rosberg's maiden grand prix victory in China last week.

The German led from start to finish as Mercedes secured their first win since re-entering the sport three years ago.

That performance has led Button to confess that the Brackley-based outfit, for whom he won a world championship while they were under the ownership of Brawn GP, will rival his McLaren team and Red Bull for this year's constructors title.

"I spent a lot of years with that team - most of my career was with that team - so I am very happy for them they've achieved a grand prix victory this year," Button told the Press Association.

"There's a great bunch of people there, and people that went back to the team as well that I used to work with, like Geoff Willis, so that does obviously pose a threat to us in the championship."

Meanwhile, security concerns continue to hover over this weekend's race in Bahrain after four Force India team members were caught in a petrol bomb attack.

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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
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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