British Grand Prix: McLaren say podium finish 'challenging'

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Jenson Button Sergio Perez McLaren

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.

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."