Jenson Button says McLaren's performance in the British Grand Prix has left it high on confidence ahead of this weekend's race in Germany.

Button finished fourth - less than a second behind Daniel Ricciardo in third - while team-mate Kevin Magnussen was seventh during a competitive race for McLaren. Although just missing out on a podium, Button said it was a very positive weekend for the team and he has noted the impact it has had as a result.

"I wasn't that disappointed," Button said. "It was a good weekend for us. For us to qualify third and finish fourth is a lot better than we expected going in to the weekend. It's very unusual that you have a weekend where you achieve more than you set out to do. It definitely helps that attitude and the atmosphere within the team. It's good, we have some parts for here, aerodynamic parts and ideas for set-up here that we haven't before. So, yeah, it's hopefully another little step."

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And asked how much of an impact the result had, Button replied: "A lot.

"Not just the guys here but at the factory as well. It's always nice when you overachieve, especially in your home country as well. So I think as a team we should be happy with what we did.

"Obviously this answer always ends with 'but it's not where we want to be' - of course - but you've got to enjoy when you feel you have done more than your car will let you do. So I think we did a very good job as a team, we should enjoy that and I'm looking forward to trying these new parts out tomorrow."

With racing director Eric Boullier saying McLaren was trying to increase its rate of development this year, Button said parts due for next week's race in Hungary would be tested in Germany instead.

"You always try to bring things as quick as you can anyway but for example the update that was supposed to be for Silverstone was in Austria, we have something here that is just about going to make it tomorrow afternoon, so I'll have it on the car on Saturday and Kevin will have it on the car tomorrow.

"That just made it to this race - it was supposed to be for Hungary - so that's great as well. Everything is coming forward which is nice to see, and you've got to do that really if we're going to have any chance of scoring big points over the next few races."