Button: We have to be realistic
5 July 2014 – A delighted Jenson Button admitted that McLaren must remain realistic despite the Briton setting the third fastest time during qualifying for his home race at Silverstone.
Button improved his lap time amid changeable conditions to move into third position, behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.
It marked Button's best qualifying result since the Brazilian Grand Prix two years ago.
"Like you cannot believe," Button said when asked if he was happy with the result.
"I know it's only a third [place] in qualifying, but for us in the last 18 months we've had no chance of getting this result. It's nice in front of my home crowd. All through qualifying the pace was there, not compared to Mercedes, but it was there."
Button was nonetheless cautious when asked about McLaren's chances of finishing in the top three on Sunday.
"I've made the race a little bit easier but we have to be realistic," he said.
"I want to fight for a podium – if the weather is like today it's possible. In a standard dry race it'll be very tricky. But I will give 100 per cent and get the maximum out of this weekend."