McLaren’s Jenson Button expects his team to be competitive at next month’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Button conceded that this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix will be a challenge due to high temperatures, but is adamant that the race at Spa-Francorchamps will be McLaren’s best chance of 2013.
“We still want to win a race, and I think we still can win a race,” Button said in Hungary.
“It’s not going to be a complete bad year. I think we started the season and it was a tough few races. Sometimes that’s good for a team. I think the last race for us was a good step forward, and the morale is high after that race, which is good to see.”
McLaren sit in sixth place in the championship, with Button’s fifth place in China being their best result of the season.
“Obviously we’re still not going to be happy with finishing sixth or fifth, we want to be fighting for wins. But I think for us to see a definite step forward in terms of performance was very positive in Nurburgring. And here we have some more parts, which should help us get close to the front. I don’t know what we’re going to do here in terms of where we’re going to finish, I don’t think anyone knows with these high temperatures.”
Button dominated at Spa last year, claiming his only pole position of his McLaren career and followed it up with a commanding race performance.
“Spa is a race that I’m really interested in and excited about fighting for a podium. I think that has to be our aim, and I think we can. It’s definitely moving forward. As I said the main aim is to win a Grand Prix this year, and Spa is at the moment probably the best race to go and look for that.”