Button doubting Belgium win potential

By on Friday, August 16, 2013
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Jenson Button says he is not expecting McLaren to be able to fight for victory in next weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Button dominated in Belgium last year, taking his only pole position for McLaren and going on to win the race.

But this season McLaren sits in sixth position in the championship and neither driver has finished on the podium.

"The thing about Spa is that it just feels awesome to nail a quick lap around there – you need a car that’s perfectly synced to the driver, because it’s such a long lap, and there are so many big corners, that you need to find that perfect balance," says Button.

"And getting the set-up right – and running flat-out for nearly two minutes – feels incredible. We don’t go to Spa with the package to win, but I’ll still be making the most of every single lap around this place – it’ll still feel incredible."

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh added that getting the most out of McLaren's package will be the main target.

"Spa has been the scene of many victories for McLaren through the years – not least, our very first grand prix win, achieved by Bruce McLaren himself back in 1968."

"While we’re not contenders for outright victory this time round, the whole team is looking forward to another opportunity to build on our ability to understand and operate MP4-28."


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