Jenson Button has shared his confidence that McLaren are improving and heading in the right direction with the updates being brought to the car after he scored a good haul of points at the last round in Germany.
The Brit has so far had a best finish of fifth at the Chinese Grand Prix but the team saw their pace drop at the Canadian and British Grand Prix’s. Despite the drop in form, Button feels McLaren are working well right now and is expecting more progress in Hungary.
However speaking in a team statement he started by looking back at his past success at the Hungaroring, winning his first race at the track back in 2006 and taking the win in 2011 on his 200th Grand Prix: “Great circuit, great place,” he admits. “I have so many positive memories of racing at the Hungaroring – obviously, I won my first grand prix there back in 2006, which was incredibly emotional – and also feels such a long time ago now – I also won my 200th race there back in 2011.”
He added: “That was one of those days when everything went right, the car was a dream to drive and I just brought it home. Every victory in Formula 1 is special, but that’s right up there as one of my favourite days in the car.”
Looking ahead to this years round, a win is not expected but further progress is: “Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now: in Germany, our tyre-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it’s ever been. It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pace, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez admitted that the Hungaroring is a track he “enjoys” but he has failed to finish highly in his last two attempts. He revealed his “realistic” ambitions for the race weekend, saying: “After a positive weekend at the Nurburgring, we’re focused on further improving and understanding the MP4-28. I think the race in Germany showed that, when things come together, we’re able to be a force in the race, even if we can’t quite set the pace at the front. That is extremely motivating during a difficult year.”
The Mexican is hopeful that the team can head off from the “first half of 2013″ on their summer holidays with a good result.
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