Jenson Button has left Hungary positive after he enjoyed a relatively competitive race around the Hungaroring, which ultimately saw the Briton finish ahead of Felipe Massa in the 70-lap race. Although 7th isn’t a sensational result, Jenson Button is still pleased to secure yet more points for McLaren.
After a highly uncompetitive start to the season for the Woking-based outfit, with both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez struggling to even finish within the points on some occasions, McLaren finally seem to be slowly improving within the incredibly competitive midfield section of the grid. After electing to start the race on the medium tyre compound, Jenson Button found himself directly battling at the front as the opening round of pitstops unfolded. At one stage the 2009 World Champion felt like a target, as the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean both made contact with him whilst making their overtaking maneuvers.
“That was a fun race – although I seemed to be a target for other cars!” Exclaimed Jenson Button, after a frenetic race to 7th for the British ace. “Sebastian [Vettel] tried many times to get past me, and clipped my rear wheel into Turn 2 – he may have damaged his wing, but I was lucky not to puncture. With Romain [Grosjean], I don’t know what he thought – unless I took to the grass, it was inevitable we were going to touch! I don’t think he was thinking at that point.
“We beat a Ferrari fair and square, and we’d also have beaten a Mercedes if Nico [Rosberg] hadn’t stopped – we can take a lot of positives away from here. Seventh position might not look too exciting – particularly after we fought for fifth at the last race – but we’ve done a good job this weekend and taken a step forward – and that’s a nice little boost to send everyone off into the summer break.”
Although both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez managed to score points during the race, McLaren remain just behind Force India in the Constructors’ Championship by two points. After such an uncharacteristically uncompetitive start to the season, the once dominant outfit currently lie 6th in the Championship with only 57 points scored, a stark contrast to this time last season when the team won the Hungarian Grand Prix and boasted 193 points. Despite the considerable lack of points, McLaren are definitely improving with both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez becoming more competitive at each passing race.
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