Button wants to repay loyal fans

Tuesday 21-May-2013 15:26

It hasn't been a great few months for McLaren fans, but Jenson Button is determined to put a smile on their faces by the time the British GP comes around.

Instead of challenging for race wins in the five races to date, Button and team-mate Sergio Perez found themselves battling midfield runners for a places in the top 10 spots.

The Woking squad are fifth in the Constructors' standings - behind Force India - with just 29 points.

With their home race at Silverstone just around the corner, Button hopes they will be higher up the grid by then.

"I noticed in the grandstands there were a lot of rocket red (McLaren) caps and Union Jacks," he is quoted as saying by Press Association Sport.

"That is great to see and they are all so supportive, but you have to feel for them a little.

"You don't really want to look them in the eye because we know we're not doing as well as we should be doing.

"So I have to say thank you for all their support and let them know we are doing everything we can to get back to the front.

"I'm hopeful we're going to keep making steps forward every race we go to so by the time we get to the British Grand Prix we're parking some good points. That would be great in front of my home crowd.

"That's what I'm personally hoping for, although obviously I'd like to get better results before that."

McLaren made some progress at Barcelona as both their cars finished in the top 10, but Button warns that it will take a few races before they will be back up to scratch.

"We're doing a very good job with what we have, in getting points, and to finish eighth and ninth (in Spain) was not too bad," added Button.

"We beat a Mercedes, we beat a Force India, so it's not horrendous. We're not moving forward quick enough, but we're doing everything we can.

"Obviously beating Force India is not what McLaren is all about, but we're behind them in the Championship, so that's what we have to aim for first and then go for bigger targets.

"At least with the new package we have, the exciting thing is it's a new platform, very similar to what we had last year, and we can build on that a lot easier because we know what we're doing.

"It's not going to happen overnight, it's still tough, but we're doing what we can."

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