Jenson Button has once again played down Ron Dennis' comments that he must "try harder", saying everyone at McLaren needs to improve.
With the Woking squad experiencing another poor campaign, CEO Dennis urged the 2009 World Champion to "do his bit" and "try harder" to help the team to turn their fortunes around.
McLaren's COO Jonathan Neale has already said too much is being read into the comments and Button has also for a second time made light of it.
"That's always the problem when you have a good race after someone says something like that. He said that with a glint in his eye, when he made those comments," he told Sky Sports F1.
"I know Ron pretty well but when you read it in print it obviously looks very different to when you know the man.
"We all need a kick up the bum, I think, and we all need to try hard as a team.
"We've done that this weekend, we've made some improvements. It's nowhere near enough but it's on the right track.
"We all know that we've got to do a better job and Ron knows he does as well."
Button certainly proved at his home race at Silverstone over the weekend that he is up for the challenge as he started P3 - his best qualifying performance of the season - and then finished fourth on the Sunday.
"The car has improved this race in the highs-speed corners, which is what we needed - this was always going to be a bogey track for us," he said.
"We've definitely improved. We beat a Red Bull, we beat a Ferrari fair and square.
"It's something small for the team and hopefully this will keep them positive that we can improve race by race."