Jenson Button has admitted that McLaren is unlikely to record a top ten result at this weekend's British Grand Prix after a problematic opening day at Silverstone.

Both the Briton and team-mate Fernando Alonso found their track time limited by technical issues, while the double world champion also had an off at Luffield, and, although development parts brought to the MP4-30 hinted at better things, Button remained pessimistic when it came to adding to the McLaren team's meagre points tally.

"It was very limited running!" he smiled ruefully, "It wasn't all planned as we had a few things that took a little longer to change than we expected and, while we found a little bit with the set-up towards the end of the day, there's a lot that needs to be done as we're not very fast here. High speed and straights don't seem to be our strength right now but, tomorrow, I think we'll be better with some big set-up changes."

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Silverstone remains something of a bogey circuit for Button, the 2009 champion believing that it is the only circuit, along with 2014 addition Sochi, where he has yet to finish on the podium, and he knows that 2015 isn't going to break that jinx without a major turnaround in fortune.

"I don't think we'll be excited about getting into Q2, just like we wont be excited by finishing the race," he admitted, "We want a lot more than that but, again, it's all about understanding the package. Every time we get out of the car, we're talking to Peter Prod[romu] about how the car feels in the wind and different angles of steering and everything. It's still a massive test bed at the moment and we're not going to be looking for points this weekend unless something massive happens overnight.

"But it's still a very useful weekend. I won't have a great result for the home crowd, but that would always be difficult."