Button wants to put pressure on Red Bull from start of grand prix season

London: Former champion and McLaren driver Jenson Button believes nothing less than a top three finish will be good enough for the opening round in Melbourne in three weeks’ time, and added that they want to put pressure on team champion Red Bull from the start of the new grand prix season itself.

Button believes if McLaren fails to put pressure on champion Sebastian Vettel from the start of the season, then the probability of them making mistakes would be less.

“They won’t make mistakes unless there is pressure on them from the word go and that’s what we’ve got to do,” The Mirror quoted Button, as saying. “If we are there or thereabouts at the start of the season then it``s 100 per cent game on for the title. If we finish fourth or fifth in Melbourne, I will still feel we have let ourselves down,” he said.

“Yes, we can develop the car very quickly and with the new restrictions on cars we are very good at ­finding areas to improve, but we still need to start strong. We’ve got to be at least on the ­podium for the first race if we are going to be fighting Red Bull at the end,” Button added.

Button trashed suggestions that McLaren were underdogs in this season following Red Bull’s domination from the last two seasons. “Before Sebastian ­Vettel won his two titles I did it and before that it was Lewis,” he added. “I don’t feel like an ­underdog but everyone has their eyes on Seb because of what they have achieved the last two seasons,” he said.