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Button: That wasn't too bad

Wednesday 31-July-2013 15:46

They may still be some way off the front-runners, but Jenson Button is impressed with the progress that McLaren made at Budapest.

The Woking squad were off-colour during the start of the season, but they have improved in recent weeks and Button's seventh place at the Hungarian GP was certainly one of his better displays of the campaign.

Although he knows they still have a long way to go, the 33-year-old is optimistic about their chances after the summer break.

"The result is still not what we look for, but we beat a Ferrari and we would have beaten a Mercedes if it hadn't have blown up (engine failure on Nico Rosberg's car five laps from the finish), so that wasn't too bad," said the 2009 World Champion.

"The pace we had on the soft tyre was exciting, setting a couple of fastest laps in the middle of the race.

"So I genuinely believe we have improved the car, and on a circuit I didn't think was quite right for us.

"Going into the summer break we're not too bad, and with a few little updates for Spa we should be looking at a much better result, fighting further forward.

"I know in Hungary our race was not with the guys ahead, like Lewis (Hamilton), Sebastian (Vettel) and Romain Grosjean, but we had a go.

"For a while Sebastian couldn't get past me, and it was really good fun, I enjoyed racing with the guys at the front.

"Our result was never going to be up there, but we tried our best, and you never know what can happen in a situation where you are doing one less stop than other people.

"So Sunday was a good day, and I'm already looking forward to the next race (Belgian Grand Prix on August 25)."

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