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McLaren not down after British GP result

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

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McLaren not down after British GP result

McLaren not down after British GP result

Both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez believe the positives from their performance at the British Grand Prix last weekend outweigh the negatives.

It was the second successive points-less race for the McLaren, with Button down in 13th place and team-mate Perez suffering one of four rear tyre blowouts, but both drivers see reasons to be encouraged.

"Of course, the Silverstone result wasn't where we want to be, but there were some reasons to be encouraged by last weekend," said Button.

"Our car is now better balanced and more driveable, so we're hoping for a rain-free practice day in order to further develop the set-up during Friday's two free practice sessions.

"The Nurburgring is a track that seems to encourage close racing and plenty of overtaking. The combination of low- and medium-speed corners tend to allow cars to run quite closely, and there are a couple of big braking zones, where it's quite easy to get alongside and steal the inside line.

"However, it's got some nicely designed sections, which mean - equally - that you can lose out on the entry and yet still regain position if you have better traction and track position on the exit."

Perez said he'd already moved on from his disappointment at the British GP, and was looking forward to Germany.

"I've already put the disappointment of Silverstone behind me," he said. "In fact, I was more encouraged by the positives: I demonstrated strong pace all weekend, was having a good race and looked set to finish in the points, until my tyre failure in the closing laps.

"Naturally, these setbacks happen in motor racing, so it'll be good to get back in the car just a few days after Silverstone and get back to business.

"I'd have loved to have raced on the old track, the Nordschleife, that must have been an incredible place for a grand prix, but I'll be happy with a positive result on the new circuit."

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