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.”
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.