British Grand Prix: McLaren say podium finish 'challenging'

McLaren say claiming a podium finish at this weekend's British Grand Prix will be "challenging" for their drivers.

The Woking-based team have endured a difficult season, with neither Briton Jenson Button nor Mexican Sergio Perez finishing higher than fifth.

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"McLaren's statistics do not make good reading and the biggest problem is they don't seem to have a clue where they are going.

"No team deliberately builds an uncompetitive car. At the launch they were all very happy that it was a step forward and I agreed. I still think the concept is an improvement but the devil is always in the detail and somewhere in there they have lost themselves."

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale says taking points in Sunday's race at Silverstone is a realistic aim.

"We are pushing hard but the reality is there is still a big gap from us to the front of the grid," he said.

"Based on recent past performances I think (a podium) could be challenging. I want to get both cars into Q3 and then race hard for good points.

"Formula 1 is a fickle sport and you never know what can happen, but we're realistic about our prospects of a win."

He added: "There isn't going to be a golden bullet."

Both Button, 33, and 23-year-old Perez failed to pick up any points at the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing 11th and 12th respectively.

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Consequently, McLaren are sixth in the constructors' championship with 37 points, 164 behind leaders Red Bull.

McLaren used one of their allotted straight-line test days in Spain on Tuesday to trial their Silverstone upgrade package, as well as gain a better understanding of the MP4-28.

"The only issue with our car is we lack downforce and that is what we are trying to create at the moment," Neale said.

"We've got a range of upgrades for the weekend but we're not there just testing parts, but testing some fundamental understanding issues as well."

British Grand Prix, day one

  • Friday, 28 June: First practice at 09:55 BST on BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra plus live text commentary online. Second practice at 13:55 BST on BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra plus live text commentary online

British Grand Prix, day two

  • Saturday, 29 June: Third practice at 09:55 BST on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra plus live text and audio commentary online. Qualifying at 12:15 BST on BBC One and 12:55 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra plus live text commentary online

British Grand Prix, day three

  • Sunday, 30 June: Race coverage at 12:00 BST on BBC Red Button, 12:10 BST on BBC One and 13:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live plus live text commentary online. F1 Forum from 15:30 BST and TV highlights at 19:00 BST, BBC Three