SILVERSTONE, June 27th, 2013 (F1plus/G. Keilloh).- Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will likely be the two drivers that most in attendance at this weekend’s British Grand Prix would prefer to see prevail. But these people may be disappointed, as both drivers were cautious today about their prospects for Sunday’s race.
Hamilton predicts that tyre degradation will be a particular problem for Mercedes in the Silverstone race. When the subject was raised today he said tyre issues are ‘something we will have to face up to but I’m not really expecting us to have an easy weekend. We’ve not really made a huge step since Barcelona.
The last couple of races have been a little bit easier on the tyres so we’ve definitely made a small improvement but I don’t know whether it’s going to be good enough this weekend to come out ahead of the Red Bulls and Ferraris but time will tell’. Hamilton nevertheless maintained that he hopes some developments made since Barcelona will help, and that Mercedes’s general progress since last year has been "incredible".
Button’s pessimistic view of his race prospects is less of a surprise, given McLaren’s difficult 2013 season. Button stated today that a podium finish, something that he’s never achieved at Silverstone, while “it is something I’d love to achieve, it’s going to be very difficult this year…we know we’re not quick enough” as well as that "when you watch on TV our car does certain things that Formula One cars shouldn’t really be doing".
Jenson was clear on the culprit of this: “our ride is an area we need to improve and an area we are improving”. But even with this, as well as Silverstone’s lack of bumps and the “flow” of the track suiting the McLaren relatively speaking, “still that’s not enough” for a good result this weekend and that the ride is “an area of the car that’s very difficult to improve”.
Button maintained that nevertheless he’s determined this weekend "to repay fans for all their support".
Button added that McLaren is not yet concentrating on the 2014 season saying the Woking team is still “pushing flat out” and all “want to get good results this year”.