Jenson Button says McLaren's emergence as the 'fourth' fastest team following free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix is something to be positive about as he predicted points in Budapest.
A decade on from his maiden F1 win around the Hungaroring, Button was eighth quickest – just behind his team-mate Fernando Alonso – as McLaren headed up rivals Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso.
Though Button and Alonso have previously sounded caution about their chances after Friday practice because rivals can 'turn up' their engines for qualifying, the former champion was nonetheless positive about his chances on Saturday and Sunday.
“It's pretty close in the middle of the field but we were 7th and 8th,” he said. “Behind us is very close and our fight is with those behind, definitively not with the ones in front. I have a good feeling with the car here and the new smoother surface works well for our car. The goal is to score good points this weekend – not mater what way we get there.”
“Let's see what happens tomorrow, as others do improve a lot when they get full use of their engines in qualifying, especially the Mercedes,” added Fernando Alonso. “Here the engine counts a bit less, so hopefully they won't have that much of an advantage and we'll be able to stay up there.
“We've been four times into Q3 over the last five races – only in Azerbaijan we missed out – so I expect tomorrow we'll get in there too. Given it's very tough to overtake here, it would be really important to start as far up the grid as possible, and I'm optimistic we'll achieve