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Button certain of McLaren improvement

Tuesday 11-June-2013 09:52

Former World Champion Jenson Button has all but conceded the Formula One title this year but is confident that the McLaren team will improve during the rest of the season.

The Woking-based team endured its worst Grand Prix in more than three seasons in Canada this past weekend when Button and McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez finished outside the points in 12th and 11th respectively.

The result was the first time in 64 races that McLaren failed to score any points - a run which started during the opening race of the 2010 season at Albert Park in Australia.

Competing with a car well off the pace has wrecked Perez and Button's seasons, but their woes were compounded when they adopted the wrong tyre strategy in Montreal.

During an interview with Press Association Sport Button, conceded that he is already looking towards next season, saying: "In terms of the championship - 2014.

"But in terms of every race I go into, I want to do the best I can, and every race I go into I hope to get the maximum out of the car, and I aim to win grands prix this year.

"When it comes to the championship you have to think further ahead because we're so far behind we're not going to win the championship this year.

"But we can still win grands prix, there is still that possibility and you have to aim for that.

"I'm still much happier being at a team like McLaren than a smaller team when you have issues like this," added Button.

"I'm still at a great team, probably the best team to try and fight their way out of this kind of situation.

"It will happen. We still have a lot of talented people on this team, people that will find answers, find a way back to the front, and then it will be so much sweeter when it does happen."

Despite the poor performance in Canada, Button added that merely scoring points at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit would just have papered over the cracks of their faltering season.

"Even if we'd scored a point (in Canada) we would still have been disappointed," Button continued.

"But we're not happy to just score points. This is not a team that loves that record.

"We love the record of scoring wins, getting podiums and fighting for championships, so it's not a big deal for us whether we're 11th or 10th.

"Going to Silverstone we're looking at having a much better result than that, and we do have some parts on the car to help us, but they are not going to help us get to the front."

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