Jenson Button has faith that he and McLaren can still give home fans something to cheer about in the British Grand Prix, despite recent struggles.
Following a disastrous performance in Canada, where McLaren's long-running record of 64 consecutive points finishes came to an end, Button believes the high-speed nature of Silverstone will be a better fit for his car. Although he is not expecting a miraculous jump to the front of the grid, the former world champion reckons the weaknesses of his current car will not be as exposed this time out.
"There are many things a driver needs to be good at here, but he also needs to be working with a good team and driving a good car," he said in a preview event at Silverstone. "With us, this grand prix is going to be a difficult one. But I think we'll be stronger here than the previous races because it is a fast flowing circuit.
"I think we do have OK downforce, but the problem for us has been the ride quality of the car. There is a massive amount of movement of the car, which really hurts the airflow and hurts the aerodynamics. Here it shouldn't be so much of problem, except for Turn 1 [Abbey] which is going to be a little tricky for us."
Button may be bracing himself for a tougher weekend than he would like, but he insists that he is still looking forward to the June 30 event.
"Even in the difficult times, that are much worse than now, I still love coming to Silverstone because of the support you get from the crowd," he said. "I remember going on stage back in 2008 when we were really poor [with Honda], and still I received massive support, which was really nice and that really helped me for the rest of the season.
"I'm looking forward to racing here and hopefully seeing a full house. We will fight and do the best we can. It's going to be very difficult [to get] even a podium, but the most important thing for us is to get the best out of what we have.
"Hopefully that will be enough for the fans we want to do so well for, because they've been so supportive."