Button: McLaren maximising car potential
20 July 2013 – McLaren driver Jenson Button is approaching the Hungarian Grand Prix in a positive frame of mind, despite his team's present inability to fight with the front runners.
Having started the season with an under-performing MP4-28 chassis, the Briton reckons the Woking-based outfit is now extracting the maximum from its package, efforts which resulted in a sixth place finish at the Nürburgring last time out.
"Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now," said Button, who sits tenth in the standings. "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 pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon."
The Hungaroring has been a successful circuit for Button, who claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory at the venue in 2006, before marking his 200th race with a triumph.
"I have so many positive memories of racing at the Hungaroring," Button commented. "Obviously, I won my first Grand Prix there in 2006, which was incredibly emotional – and also feels such a long time ago! – and I also won my 200th race there in 2011.
"That was one of those days when everything went right, the car was a dream to drive. Every victory is special, but that’s right up there as one of my favourite days in the car."