by Russell Atkins

Jenson Button is adamant Honda must work on its qualifying pace if it is to continue to move forward in 2007, after another strong race performance in the British Grand Prix ultimately fell just short of the points due to both drivers having to start too far down the grid.

The Briton took the chequered flag tenth, having run just behind team-mate Rubens Barrichello for much of the race on a rear grip and understeer-plagued one-stop strategy and enjoying a late battle with close friend David Coulthard. He admitted, however, he had all-but given up any hope of scoring points after a back issue had seen him get knocked out of Q1 on Saturday - though 18th was still one place better than he had managed in 2006.

"It was alright," the 27-year-old told afterwards, "though you always want to do better in your home grand prix. Starting where I did I didn't expect too much so finishing tenth I think was ok. David was quite a bit quicker at the end, but I was able to hold him off.

"It didn't really help not having a good Friday when I had back problems. It wasn't the most exciting race for me, but our strategy was good and all-in-all it was a reasonable weekend."

Looking ahead now, Button stressed Honda still had far more to do if it is to drag itself out of its early-season mire, and pinpointed Saturday afternoons as the area in need of greatest improvement.

"We definitely have better pace in the car in races," he asserted. "We've just got to work on qualifying."



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