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Hungarian Grand Prix: McLaren win a race this year, says Button

Jenson Button: The main aim is to win a grand prix this year and Spa is, at the moment, probably the best race to go and look for that...
Jenson Button reckons McLaren can still win a race this season, despite all the team's problems with the lacklustre and uncompetitive MP4-28.

Earlier this month, the Englishman had said the Woking-based squad will probably need a miracle to notch up a victory during the F1 2013 campaign. However it now seems that 'miracle' might come in the form of next month's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, a race the 2009 champion dominated twelve months ago, although then McLaren had a far better car.

“We still want to win a race, and I think we still can win a race,” Button told Reuters ahead of this Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, seemingly contradicting his comments made a few weeks back. “It's not going to be a completely bad year.

“The last race for us [in Germany] was a good step forward and the morale is high after that race, which is good to see. Obviously we're still not going to be happy with finishing fifth or sixth, we want to be fighting for wins. But for us to see a definite step forward in terms of performance was very positive in the Nurburgring and here [in Hungary] we have some more parts which should help us get close to the front.

“I don't know how we will do here in terms of where we are going to finish, but Spa is a race I am really interested and excited in for fighting for a podium and I think that has to be our aim.”

So could he win at Spa again?

“The main aim is to win a grand prix this year and Spa is, at the moment, probably the best race to go and look for that,” he added.

“We understand what we should bring for that circuit in terms of aero and also we are chipping away with the car the whole time, finding things. It's going in the right direction and as a team maybe it's a good thing that we've had issues because you start looking at every single tiny detail and when you put it all together it can make a big difference.”

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July 26, 2013 7:34 PM

far cry from years gone by when they were always 1 and 2 with Ferrari. To me this just exposes the talent of both drivers!!!...Especially the new one! ....................................................................................................... Hmmmm , interesting the Toon drivers not to popular with some.


July 26, 2013 3:39 PM

Where he found the confidence to say that? After practice the Mp4-28 still looks to have many deficiencies and is some 1s slower per lap than the Bulls. Is funny to think that exactly ten years ago McLaren created another deficient car the Mp4-18 which in the end never raced. I know that that car had problems with reliability especially at engine cooling system, very different to the problems of the Mp4-28. But I mean than this car should have never raced they would done better to develop the Mp4-27. Ten years ago they also run the Mp4-17"D" instead of the 18 and the results weren't bad.

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