Button realistic over McLaren result

By on Monday, July 4, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Jenson Button says McLaren perfected its strategy at the Austrian Grand Prix but is realistic not to expect such results at every race this season.

Button enjoyed his strongest performance since McLaren linked up with Honda at the beginning of 2015 as he started from third on the grid, before moving up to second when the lights went out.

Button was ultimately overhauled by quicker rivals but was able to finish in sixth position, collecting eight championship points in the process.

"I knew the race was going to be difficult – starting near the front definitely helps because you can race in clear air and do your own thing a little bit more," he said.

"But, with two DRS zones around this place, we couldn’t keep the other cars behind. While our pace was okay, once a car came past, they could overtake in places we never knew were possible.

"Nonetheless, we beat the Williams cars on sheer pace, and I think we did a great job with our race strategy.

"We really got the maximum from everything. Through every session, we’ve been improving; every run we’ve done, we made the car better and better.

"We did a great job all weekend, but we know that we head to Silverstone not expecting to be in this position this week."

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