Hamilton, Button aim to impress at home

SILVERSTONE, England - As McLaren prepare for the British Grand Prix at the redesigned Silverstone circuit this weekend, home heroes Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are hoping upgraded cars will give them the edge over the high-flying Red Bulls.

SILVERSTONE, England - As McLaren prepare for the British Grand Prix at the redesigned Silverstone circuit this weekend, home heroes Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are hoping upgraded cars will give them the edge over the high-flying Red Bulls.

Though several teams introduced upgrades ahead of the European Grand Prix, German Sebastian Vettel proved that the Red Bull car was still the fastest by cruising to victory at the Valencia street circuit.

Defending drivers' champion Button is worried that his team might be playing catch-up.

The 30-year-old British driver admitted it was crucial for his team to get the most out of their updates if they were to challenge their rivals, but was unsure if they would have enough testing time.

"Other teams are a race ahead of us." said Button. "They came out very strong, but I still think we did a very good job in Valencia to get two cars on the podium.

"We do need to add performance to the car if we are going to challenge the Red Bulls and a couple of other teams.

"Putting these new parts on the car is not just going to be putting them on and going fast, we have to work with the new balance of the car and what the updates give us, but it is a challenge," he said.

Fellow Briton Hamilton, 25, also has his reservations about the upgrades, but insisted that he would be doing everything he could to get the car performing to its maximum.

"We have to make sure we make these components work this weekend," said Hamilton. "We haven't had time to test them really so there must be some adjustments made to the car - and how we drive it to get the optimum.

"We are looking forward to it." - Sapa-AFP

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