Britain's Jenson Button believes McLaren are right back in the hunt following the German Grand Prix and he is optimistic about his prospects ahead of the race at the Hungaroring this Sunday.
Button had had a woeful run until his second place finish at Hockenheim, picking up just seven points in the previous six races. However after battling it out at the front last weekend, he is confident he should be able to do the same in Hungary, scene for the eleventh round in the F1 2012 World Championship.
“The result in Germany puts us right back in the hunt,” Button confirmed. “In that situation, there's nothing better than a back-to-back weekender: you return to the cockpit almost before you've unpacked your bags from the previous race, so it's great to carry forward that momentum.
“Of course, Hungary's a very special place for me: I won my first grand prix there back in 2006, I celebrated my 200th grand prix there on the Saturday evening with some of my oldest friends and colleagues in the paddock and I went on to win the grand prix on Sunday. It was the perfect weekend.
“And there's every reason to believe we can get another good result this year. Our pace at Hockenheim gives us cause for encouragement – it's just that, as always, we'll need to run flawlessly through qualifying and the race if we're to be in the hunt at the end.
“That high level of performance shows just how close things currently are at the top in F1.
“I'm satisfied that we're pushing hard enough to be up at the sharp end, so it would be fantastic to take home a winning result to reward all our recent hard work.”