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Jenson Button began the year in fine fashion, returning to the top of the podium in Australia, but a frustrating sequence of results through the first half of the season would ultimately put paid to his title ambitions. Although he chased Nico Rosberg home in China, the Briton would not return to the podium until Germany as technical gremlins and pit-lane problems limited his ability to score good points. Further DNFs in Italy and Korea ruled him out of contention, but the second half of the campaign was better, with wins coming in Belgium and Brazil to leave Button just two points adrift of his team-mate in the final standings. With Hamilton leaving for Mercedes next year, Button will assume the leading role at McLaren, as Sergio Perez provides a new challenge.