Jenson Button feels sixth place in the Austrian Grand Prix was the maximum McLaren could produce after battling against quicker rivals throughout the race.
After the wet qualifying and grid penalties Button found himself prompted to a surprising third on the grid in Spielberg which became an unchartered second place having beaten Nico Hulkenberg into the first corner.
Despite a gallant effort the underperforming McLaren-Honda package was eventually swallowed up by the charging Mercedes, Ferraris and Red Bulls but an optimum strategy and clear running enabled the British driver to remain inside the top eight for the majority of the race.
After Sebastian Vettel's retirement and McLaren's strong and consistent pace on the option tyres Button held on to an impressive sixth place finish to take his best result of the season.
“I enjoyed the race, it's good to come home sixth and our pace wasn't too bad,” Button said. “We beat the Williams on pace, but the biggest issue for us was that we couldn't overtake and that made it so difficult, even though we had a massive tyre delta to take out of the car.
“We all know that's our issue and our weakness at the moment but the car itself worked quite well. I had to save a lot of fuel, but that's another issue. It was a fun race and I had some good fights out there.
“We got the maximum out of the car, we improved it with every run, which is something that doesn't normally happen every weekend. It was a good job by the team but in Silverstone we don't expect to be in this position. Starting from the front it really helps you, because you're running in free air, you can do your thing a bit more.”