McLaren's Jenson Button believes Sebastian Vettel could yet succumb to the pressure of leading the battle for this year's F1 2011 drivers' title, even though he has commanding 85-point advantage over his nearest challenger.
Button heads into this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps still buzzing from his win last time out in Hungary and he is adamant things are still open and that anything could happen, as they did last year in Abu Dhabi, when Ferrari man Fernando Alonso was denied his third title, despite arriving for the decider with a very good 15-point lead.
“It will be interesting to see his [Vettel's] way of thinking over the next few races,” Button told the Press Assocation
. “He says he wants to go all out and win them all, which is great. That's exactly what we want, so hopefully that will be the case for the whole season.
“But whether you are just picking up points or going for wins, both attitudes can lead to mistakes. When it gets to you, we will see what happens.
“I watched the last race of last year on the TV the other day when Fernando led by 15 points before the start of that race, and he lost the championship to Sebastian.
“I was like 'wow!' It shows that when things are tough, or you are trying to hold a lead, it can be quite difficult if you think about it too much. So I don't know, we'll see.”
Button however admitted that he will be hard pressed to beat Vettel himself, given he is 100 points adrift and currently only fifth in the standings.
“It does look remote - for me to win the championship there is a very slim chance, but it's still a chance so I'll give it a go,” Button continued.
“Also given our pace in the last couple of races we should be very happy with ourselves, and we bring that to this race.
“And if you're quick here then you are going to be quick in Monza [in two weeks time] as well. So if you can pick up maximum points and gain points on Seb, that's two races done and six to go.
“I don't know, we'll see. I think he can be beaten, but it's going to be tough,” Button summed-up.