Button expects Red Bull dip

Jenson Button is excited about the prospect of smaller teams like Williams (25/1 to win the Constructors’ Championship) competing at the front in 2014 and does not expect another year of Red Bull dominance.

Red Bull have won the Constructors Championship four years in a row, with quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel leading the way for the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

But after struggling in pre-season under new car regulations, question-marks have been raised about Red Bull’s preparation for 2014 and Button does not believe the new campaign will be as predictable as recent years.

“I am excited about the coming season,” Button said. “From a drivers point of view, F1 cars they are not as much fun as they were six years ago, but you learn to adapt and you are still racing against the best drivers in the world. I don’t think a Red Bull will be on the front row, which is a positive thing for the sport.

“It’s sad to say we think like that but it’s the case. They’ve been too dominant. It’s going to be exciting for the sport to see a smaller team, Williams, fighting it out at the front. People will love that and you will see different teams coming to the top at different races.”

Williams driver Felipe Massa (25/1 to win World Drivers’ Championship, 11/1 to win Australian Grand Prix) posted the fastest time of the four-day practice session in Bahrain last week, with a lap of 1min 33.2458secs.

Button’s old McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton (5/2) is the current favourite to win the 2014 World Drivers’ Championship and is also the frontrunner for the Melbourne Grand Prix next weekend (Hamilton 5/2 to win Australian GP).

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