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Button aims for a podium finish at his home race.

The Brit has been more consistent than his speedy teammate Hamilton, and now they are facing a stronger Ferrari.
Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 29 (Andrés Rojas).- McLaren, so far, has been the only team to beat Sebastian Vettel on the hands of Kewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. The latter in a impressive manner at the Canadian GP.

The team hopes to improve their pace, in Valencia it wasn't the best, but they are optimistic that they will get back on track at the British GP, specially Jenson Button.

Silverstone does not seem to be kind on Button, who has never finished higher than fourth (2004 & 2010). The 2009 champion raced there for first time 11 years ago on the wheels of a Williams.

“Hopefully I can get onto the podium and that’s my aim- for some reason I’ve never been on the podium at the British Grand Prix,” he said in a Tuesday interview for McLaren title sponsor Vodafone.

“I think Lewis (Hamilton) and myself were a bit negative after the (Valencia) race because we just weren’t quick enough. But, looking at it now, we have some good improvements for Silverstone. I don’t know whether it’s going to be enough to fight with the Red Bulls or to get onto the podium, but we have improvements and we’re positive that we’re going to get the best out of them. We’ll see. We want to put on a good show for the British fans and I think that’s why we were a little bit negative after the last Grand Prix.

Button was asked about Sebastian Vettel’s championship advantage of 77 points and if that could be reduced, and he commented:

“He’s got a big advantage after eight races but…who knows. We’re not going to stop trying. We’re going to be trying our best, we’re a fantastic team and I feel that, if we keep pushing hard, we’ll slowly, slowly pull them back. I hope so.

“It’s tricky because they’re doing a great job, and they are doing a great job. The only people that have beaten them have been us – Lewis and myself – so we are the challengers.”

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