I needed one more lap, claims Button
6 July 2014 – Jenson Button says he needed just one more lap to attack Daniel Ricciardo for the final podium place at the British Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver was lapping considerably faster than his Red Bull rival during the final stint, with the advantage of much fresher tyres.
But despite his best efforts, Button could not reel the Australian in, with nine tenths of a second separating the pair at the chequered flag.
"At the end, I crossed the line only 0.9s behind Daniel; if there'd been just one more lap, I think I could have made it past," said Button.
"I got so close to a podium finish – and I think it would've been so great for the fans to see Lewis and me up there together. I'm sorry it didn't quite happen."
Button says it is vital that McLaren keeps up a high rate of development as the campaign progresses.
"Looking to the future, although today has seen us take another step forward, it's apparent that we still have a lot of work to: for example, even though Williams started behind us [on the grid], they still beat us today," he said.
"Nonetheless, we're certainly not giving up. On the contrary, it's important that we continue to work hard to develop this car, so as to score as many points as we can this year and learn as much as we can for next year."