McLaren's Jenson Button has expressed his disappointment after not being able to fight for the win in front of his home fans.
Button was always going to be up against it today at Silverstone after a woeful qualifying performance saw him go out in Q1 and line up only 16th on the grid. However in the end he did make progress during the British Grand Prix, the ninth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship, and near the finish he capitalised when Nico Hulkenberg ran wide on the penultimate lap, to come through and take tenth place.
Speaking afterwards, JB conceded that it was some consolation to secure the final point, although he added that the pace of the McLaren – or rather lack of it – is a concern.
“It was good to get a point in my home Grand Prix, but of course that's not what we ought to be doing: we're a front-running team and we've got a bit of work to do to start running at the front again,” Button admitted.
“I don't think we made any mistakes with our strategy today; we're just not quite quick enough at the moment, that's all.
“Most important of all, though, I'm a bit sorry for the Silverstone fans, because they've been truly amazing this weekend. Like them, we wanted a lot more from today's result.
“So we're sorry, guys; we weren't able to fight at the front today, but hopefully we'll be back there soon.”