Jenson Button has written off Sebastian Vettel’s title chances after being taken out of the Belgian GP by the Red Bull ace.
Button and Vettel were running second and third behind a fleeing Lewis Hamilton when the German made an attempt to pass at the Bus Stop chicane.
But the move ended in a collision after Vettel’s car was unsettled by a bump in the road and slammed into the left-hand side of Button’s McLaren. Jenson was out on the spot, and claimed that his title shot had been ruined by the incident, while Vettel continued to endure a problematic race before coming home 15th.
“For me, he [Vettel] has made too many mistakes this year to fight for the world championship. But he is extremely quick, we can’t take that away from him,” said Button.
“To get seven poles is extraordinary in the amount of races we’ve had – but to throw that many away is also very surprising.”
Vettel remains third in the drivers’ standings, but is now 31 points adrift of leader Hamilton after failing to score in three of the 13 rounds held so far and seeing potential victories go begging in others. Despite the expanding gap between the German and team-mate Mark Webber, Button does not believe that Vettel’s title bid will be extinguished by Red Bull just yet.
“I don’t think they will [back Webber] – I think they love Vettel,” he said. “I don’t think they will put all their eggs in one basket.”