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If not a win, McLaren could improve further at Hungary

Jul 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

McLaren Formula One driver Button drives during German F1 Grand Prix at Nuerburgring Reuters

Don’t bet on McLaren pulling off its sixth win in seven years at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. But if they’ve made ground from the Silverstone test last week and have their car work better with the revised construction Pirellis this weekend, a solid result might not be out of the question.

The German weekend was a successful one for Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. For only the third time this season, and first since Spain in May, were both McLaren drivers in the points.

“Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now,” Button said in the team’s advance release. “In Germany, our tire-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it’s ever been. It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon.”

Button is a two-time Hungary winner, with an authoritative triumph in 2011 and his first ever Grand Prix win in the wet-dry Hungarian Grand Prix of 2006.

Perez has failed to score in two prior Hungary starts, but does have a GP2 podium on his resume here. Not that that means anything other than he’s due.

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