Jenson Button reckons he could have got his first ever British Grand Prix podium this weekend had the race been just one lap longer.
Button had a great afternoon behind the wheel of his McLaren and sporting that special pink helmet in honour of father John - who passed away earlier this year – closed right up on Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and was just 0.8 seconds back at the chequered flag.
“I was giving maximum attack all the way through the race, but especially the last twenty laps,” Button said. “One more lap would have been perfect. It was that lap we lost at the start of the race!”
Asked if he could have got P3 had he had that lap, Button replied: “Yeah, definitely - we would have had a good go anyway. I think I crossed the line 0.8 seconds behind him. If I had got DRS on the next lap, if there was one, it would have been easy, but there you go. It didn't happen, but even so we almost beat two Red Bulls and a Ferrari today. That is a step forward.
“But still, as you can see, compared to the Williams we have got a lot of work to do to improve the car. They left us standing really because Valtteri [Bottas] started 13th or 14th. A lot of work needed to do still. But I would say we have made a step forward and it was great to have a fight with Fernando [Alonso] out there and then in the last stint able to pull away from him and Sebastian [Vettel] as well.
“P4 is not so bad and I think we should be happy with the weekend we had here at the British Grand Prix. Congratulations to Lewis [Hamilton]. I said if there was one person that I wouldn't mind winning, it was Lewis. It is fantastic for the fans and fantastic for the championship. I could feel the crowd and having a Brit leading the race and one fighting for third is pretty awesome. But great support from everyone, especially the family - [fiancée] Jessie [Michibata] and my very close friends. The whole team this weekend – they have been great.”
The result Button conceded was a welcome boost for all at McLaren and he has said the team won't give up.
“We definitely need it as a team. It has been a tough old year - just like last year really. It is nice to get this result because high-speed circuits aren't our forte really. Well no circuits are our forte, but high-speed circuits are more difficult for us. Today we did a good job and we should be happy with what we did and we have got loads of useful information to look at for the next few races.
“We won't give up this year. It is important for us to improve a lot before next year. We are not going to stop development.”