Optimistic Button targets Spa podium

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Jenson Button can see the light at the end of the tunnel following a disastrous first half of the season for McLaren.

He is expecting a resurgence in form when F1 action resumes at Spa-Francorchamps following the August break.

“There are new bits that will be on the car for Spa, and I’m sure there will be more we can do in the week when we can work on the car,” said Button.

“Spa is a low downforce circuit, and what we already have on the car will suit Spa more than here. I still say we should be able to fight for a podium. We might get there and it be a definite no no, but it’s what I’m aiming for.”

Button drew some positives from his seventh-place finish in Hungary on Sunday: “The result is still not what we look for, but we beat a Ferrari and we would have beaten a Mercedes if it hadn’t have blown up [Nico Rosberg suffered engine failure with six laps to go], so that wasn’t too bad.”

“The pace we had on the soft tire was exciting, setting a couple of fastest laps in the middle of the race. So I genuinely believe we have improved the car, and on a circuit I didn’t think was quite right for us.”

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.