Despite a torrid first half of the 2013 Formula One season, McLaren’s Jenson Button says he is not giving up on the year, but warned his fans not to expect him to fight for victory at next weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Last time out in Canada, neither Button nor teammate Sergio Perez made it into the top ten in a wet qualifying and didn’t score points either, ending the McLaren team’s 64 Grand Prix run of consecutive points finishes.
Despite not having much success at Silverstone – a circuit where he has never claimed a podium finish in his entire Grand Prix career – Button still has high hopes for his home race.
“It isn’t just me trying to be positive, but I think we will be more competitive here than the last couple of races, the type of high-speed circuit that it is,” he told Reuters.
“We are developing the car at the factory which is great. But we’re still a long way behind… we’ve got to make sure we maximise everything. When you do that and you get a fifth place, you’re pretty happy about it.
“You still want to win, but when you think you’ve got everything out of it and you couldn’t have done any more, it puts a smile on your face. I think that’s important.”
However, the 33-year-old concedes he will have to wait until at least next season before he can fight for the big prizes in F1.
“This has been a difficult year for us, but we still hope to be fighting at the end of the year for race wins,” he added.
“We will start the  season looking to win the World Championship. And that includes winning the British Grand Prix.
“We did take a gamble maybe with the direction of the car, it hasn’t worked for us this year. But we are still a great team and we will fight back and we will win races again.”