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Button hopes for rain

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Jenson Button mastered wet conditions in Canada and hopes for more of the same at Silverstone © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button has said that a wet weekend at the British Grand Prix could enhance McLaren's chances of beating Red Bull.

Button finished the European Grand Prix over a minute behind race winner and championship leader Sebastian Vettel, just two weeks having won the Canadian Grand Prix in changeable conditions. Button told the Daily Express that he was hopeful that the gap to the Red Bulls in the dry would be smaller due to the off-throttle blown diffuser ban, but admitted McLaren's pace could be helped by rain.

"Sorry guys but if it rains it is not so good for fans sitting out in it, but for us in terms of our pace in the wet and in terms of a result, wet weather could be good," Button said. "It definitely does mix it up a bit. Our car seems to work well in the wet. We've proved that on a couple of occasions and if you look at the pace in Valencia you would say we were nowhere near close enough to the Red Bulls.

"Whether that is going to be the same when we arrive at Silverstone, as we do have changes to the car and there is a regulation change, I don't know. I hope not. I hope we have made some good improvements. It is going to be tough to beat the Red Bulls. We always knew that but we won't know how difficult it is until Friday and the practice sessions."