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McLaren preview the Hungarian GP

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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McLaren preview the Hungarian GP

McLaren preview the Hungarian GP

Jenson Button believes McLaren have taken some positive steps ahead of the Hungarian GP while Kevin Magnussen is hoping everything comes together.

Jenson Button: "As you know, this has been a special place for me for some time. I won my first grand prix here back in 2006 - it was one of those day when everything seemed to go my way - and I won my 200th grand prix here. That was an emotional day - and it was back in 2011 - I can't believe it was nearly 60 races ago.

"The Hungaroring is a great track. Everybody thinks of it as a slow circuit, but, out the back, it's got some pretty decent corners - Turn Four requires some serious commitment, and it's made harder because it has a blind apex. Equally, the sequence of S-bends that make up Turns Eight to 11 are really satisfying to drive.

"Nonetheless, it's still a circuit where you require lots of downforce and grip, and I think we are making positive steps in that direction."

Kevin Magnussen: "I really like the Hungaroring. It isn't a fast circuit but, a bit like Monaco, it's a track on which a driver can really make a difference. I raced there last year in World Series by Renault 3.5 - and, although I didn't win either of the two races we had that weekend, I really enjoyed the first of them in particular.

"Qualifying had been messed up for many of the drivers, owing to torrential rain, and I ended up 16th on the grid. From there I got it all hooked up really well on race day, which was also extremely wet, and I overtook a load of cars as I worked my way up to second place at the end. It was great!

"I think we've shown recently that our car performs slightly better on tracks with a combination of low- and mid-speed corners, so I think this weekend will hopefully offer us another opportunity to score some useful world championship points.

"After a couple of frustrating races, I'm hoping for a weekend where everything comes together."

Eric Boullier - Racing director: "McLaren has a fantastic record in Hungary - we've won 11 grands prix there - and, while it's unlikely we'll be in a position to win this year, I think we travel to Budapest feeling encouraged by a number of our recent performances. We know there's still a lot to do, but there's a feeling that the whole team's motivation is growing.

"This is effectively the last race of the first 'half' of the season: Formula 1 takes a short break for the summer before we return for the final few races in Europe, then the long and intense series of fly-aways that end the year.

"It's always beneficial to go into the summer break with a positive result, so we'll be trying hard to do just that; even more important, it's essential that we maintain our focus and determination with regard to car development. The next six months will be critical for everybody at McLaren, and we'll be working as hard as possible to keep on pushing."

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