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.

Although 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 that it is crucial for his team to get the most out of its updates if it is to challenge the rivals, but is unsure if it will have enough testing time.

“Other teams have been working on their update kits and they 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. “Here we do need to raise our game. We do need to add performance to the car if we are going to challenge the Red Bulls and a couple of other teams.

It's a challenge

“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. “The updates are very important for the rest of our season. They don't always work when you first put them on the car. As we saw with a couple of teams in Valencia who had an update package, you need to work on it.”

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. — AFP

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