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Button eyeing Silverstone fightback

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Jenson Button expects Silverstone to suit McLaren's MP4-27 © Press Association
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Jenson Button is looking to the British Grand Prix as an opportunity to start closing the gap in the championship standings.

Having finished eighth in Valencia, Button has fallen 62 points behind Fernando Alonso in the drivers' championship - the equivalent to two race wins and a fourth place. However, it was a slightly better weekend for Button after he had only scored two points in his previous four races, and he now feels that he can start to close the gap at Silverstone, where he expects McLaren to be competitive.

"The gap to Fernando is more points than I've got," Button said. "It (the gap)'s still not a lot, though. We've still got 12 races ... Silverstone is a high speed circuit, where our strength is. Our weakness is low speed. It's a circuit where we should be strong."

Despite looking at the points' difference, Button insisted he was only focused on the next race rather than the whole championship.

"At least I've another 12 races, so although I'm a long way behind, it is still possible. But I'm not thinking about that. I'm thinking about going to my home race and driving a fast, flowing circuit which hopefully our car should work well on."