Jenson Button high on confidence ahead of British Grand Prix

McLaren Honda's Jenson Button
McLaren Honda's Jenson Button

Jenson Button insists there is “massive belief” within his beleaguered McLaren team that their fortunes will soon improve.

Button, the 2009 world champion, and his team-mate Fernando Alonso arrive at this week’s British Grand Prix in the midst of a disastrous campaign for the Woking-based outfit.

Neither driver went beyond lap nine at the Austrian Grand Prix last time out, while Alonso has now retired from his last four races - his worst-ever run in the sport.

Button has finished in the points only once this season - eighth in Monaco - but the 35-year-old is positive McLaren and their engine supplier Honda, who have desperately struggled on their return to Formula One, will soon be back on track.

“We are one team and we work together,” Button said. “If we have issues we talk amongst ourselves as that is the only way to improve the situation.

“The confidence is high within the team and there is a massive belief within the team that we will improve. There is a lot in the pipeline and I will maximise what I have this weekend.”

Button, who has never finished on the British Grand Prix podium in 15 previous appearances, could be set for his final Silverstone outing this weekend.

His contract with McLaren expires at the end of the current campaign, and it is unclear whether he will be given the opportunity to extend his grand prix career into a 17th season.

“Every race is special - the British fans and public will be here if it is raining, whether it is 32 degrees, there is a British driver at the front or a British driver at the back,” he added.

“They will always be here to support us which is fantastic.”

Meanwhile, The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association published the verdict from their fans’ survey which they launched earlier this season on Wednesday.

Ninety per cent of the 217,000 fans who replied to the questionnaire want the sport to be more entertaining. Only one in 10 believe Formula One is in a better place now than in 2010, while the majority also described it as “boring”.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was voted as the fans’ favourite driver ahead of Alonso and Button. Lewis Hamilton, despite being the reigning world champion and boasting a greater social media following than any other driver, failed to make the top three.