McLaren's Jenson Button has insisted things are going forward, even if he has yet to really pull himself out of the doldrums.
Button managed to score in Valencia last weekend, but eighth was still far lower than he would like and he will now be aiming for better at Silverstone with a view to matching what he achieved in Australia and China, when he started off F1 2012 with a win and a second place.
“I'm really looking forward to the British Grand Prix. We've been making progress in a lot of areas and while I wasn't able to show that in terms of the result at Valencia – mainly because I got boxed in at the start, then wasn't very lucky with the Safety Car – our strategy was fine and the car improved throughout the race,” he said.
“This has been an incredibly unpredictable season, but at least it's a little easier to predict that Silverstone will once again be packed and that all the British drivers are going to get a lift from the energy the fans bring.”
Button has taken in a dozen British GPs now, but while he has won 13 races and taken over 40 podiums, he has yet to stand on the rostrum on home soil. Despite that though, he still loves the event and is a big fan of Silverstone.
“I always enjoy racing at home because the atmosphere is unbeatable, and while the race itself hasn't always been too kind to me, I come here every year knowing I can count on the support of the many thousands of fans,” he added.
“We all had to adjust last year to starting in a different place on the circuit, which is a very odd thing when you've spent your entire racing career treating Copse as Turn One! F1 is all about evolution though, about looking to the future, and Silverstone has demonstrated its adaptability all through the years.
“It's part of the fabric of F1, and still one of the world's greatest motor racing circuits,” he summed-up.