McLaren may be struggling this season, but Jenson Button reckons the team is now 'working very well'.
Button took a sixth place finish in Germany last time out and like his team-mate, Sergio Perez
is hopeful this is a sign of better things to come, especially after woeful races in Canada and Britain.
Speaking ahead of next weekend's race in Hungary, the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, JB was reasonably optimistic about his chances.
“I actually think the team is working very well right now: in Germany, our tyre-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it's ever been,” said the 2009 F1 world champion. “It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon.”
Button has a pretty strong record at the Hungaroring and has won there twice, although he admits it will be 'difficult' to do that again this year.
“Great circuit, great place. I have so many positive memories of racing at the Hungaroring – obviously, I won my first grand prix there back in 2006, which was incredibly emotional – and also feels such a long time ago now! – and I also won my 200th race there back in 2011,” he continued. “That was one of those days when everything went right, the car was a dream to drive and I just brought it home. Every victory in F1 is special, but that's right up there as one of my favourite days in the car.”
McLaren itself has also done well in Hungary over the years: “Of the 27 Hungarian Grands Prix that have been held since 1986, McLaren has won 11,” added McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, “and while we don't expect to add to that tally this year, we've been buoyed by our positive result in Germany earlier this month and the whole team is looking forward to maximising our package at a circuit we all enjoy.”
“The Hungarian Grand Prix has become a firm staple on the F1 calendar – the race is a popular hotspot for many fans across Europe, and is invariably supported by a large contingent of vocal and passionate supporters.
“The Hungaroring itself is a uniquely challenging low-speed track that requires a good balance of mechanical grip and aerodynamic traction to maximise performance through the many corners. The race often rewards tenacious, charging drivers who enjoy the relentless pace of this twisting course."