McLaren-Honda's Jenson Button says the team has a “good base” after Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix and he is hopeful he can qualify in the top-ten.
Button trailed team-mate Fernando Alonso in both sessions at the Hungaroring on Friday, finishing 12th in FP1 and FP2, but despite that was encouraged, adding the car felt like it did in Monaco, when he came home eighth - his most competitive outing of the F1 2015 season so far.
“It was a good session. The car felt good and it is fun to drive. The last time I felt it was this good was in Monaco, so that is promising. An enjoyable day - even though, it is very hot. I think the car was working well," Button told reporters in Budapest.
“There is obviously a lot of room for improvement still, but the good thing is we have a good base, which feels positive. That gives you confidence and we know that we can make it go faster. Our higher fuel runs were reasonably positive - a few little tweaks here and there and I think we will be alright.
“Hopefully we can have a reasonable weekend.”
Asked about his hopes for the rest of the weekend, he replied: “Expectations are to hopefully qualify in the top-ten and to score some points.”
Button also clarified why in FP2 he had said on the team radio that: 'I could go slightly faster, but you know the reason I can't'.
“We were saving fuel. You have got to practice as you will go in the race. This is quite a high fuel saving circuit,” he explained.
“I wasn't struggling at all [in FP2],” he continued. “It was a good practice session. I didn't have any problems at all, apart from the normal things you have in testing and you improve them. That is why we talk about issues and how we can improve them and change the set-up and make the car go faster.”
Meanwhile, Button said the fact the team had no reliability issues on Friday was encouraging: “It is good. Hopefully we will have no more this weekend. It feels good, the team is in a good place.
“It has been a tough few races, but we have stuck together and are staying strong and we will see what we can do this weekend before the break.”