Jenson Button has no doubts he can follow in Sebastian Vettel’s footsteps and become a two-time Formula One world champion next season.
The last five grands prix have given Button all the belief he needs as he has now won twice, finished runner-up on two other occasions and scored a third place.
Button’s form is such he has accrued 101 points, just seven fewer than double title-winner Vettel and 57 more than McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The 31-year-old’s latest victory in yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix has been described as “flawless” by team principal Martin Whitmarsh as Button proved he can win in dry, not just changeable conditions.
Asked if he now has it within his locker to become a champion again to follow on from his 2009 success with Brawn, Button told Press Association Sport: “Definitely, and that is why I moved to this team.
“I know you guys (the media) will say McLaren have only won a few world championships in the last 20 years, but they’ve been fighting for them and gone close so many times.
“Winning five races (personally) in the last two years is not enough, but it’s pretty good.
“We have just got to hope we can get it all together. As a team - me, Lewis and the mechanics - we have really developed.
“So for me it’s all moving in the right direction.”