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Button sure he would have been on podium with another lap

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Jenson Button believes he would have scored a podium at the British Grand Prix had he had another lap to attack Daniel Ricciardo in third.

Button finished fourth, 0.8s shy of Ricciardo, after reeling in the Red Bull in the closing stages of the race. He felt he had the pace to pass had the race gone on an extra lap.

"We would have had a good go," he said. "I think I crossed the line 0.8s behind him so if there had been another lap and I had DRS I would have passed him easy. It didn't happen, but even so we almost beat two Red Bulls and a Ferrari today, so a step forward.

"You can see compared to the Williams that we have a lot of work to do because he left us standing and he started 14th. I would say we have made a step forward and it was great to have a fight with Fernando out there and pull away from him and Sebastian as well."

Button said McLaren needed the strong result to encourage it to push for the rest of the season.

"We definitely need it as a team, it's been a tough old year. It's nice to get this result because high-speed circuits aren't our forte - well, no circuits are our forte - and today we did a good job. We won't give up this year and it's important for us to improve a lot before next year, so it's important for development."

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