Jenson Button and Martin Whitmarsh excited by F1's return to Belgium

However, both admit McLaren cannot win the race

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 16/08/13 1:47pm

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Martin Whitmarsh and Jenson Button have ruled out victory at Spa

Martin Whitmarsh and Jenson Button have ruled out victory at Spa

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McLaren insist they are looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix despite admitting they have no chance of taking victory.

Last year Jenson Button qualified on pole for the Woking-based team and went on to dominate the race, eventually beating Sebastian Vettel by over 13 seconds.

2013, though, has been a difficult year for McLaren with the decision to opt for a radical new design backfiring as the team struggle to find pace with the MP4-28.

"We don't go to Spa with the package to win, but I'll still be making the most of every single lap around this place - it'll still feel incredible," Button said.

"The thing about Spa is that it just feels awesome to nail a quick lap around there - you need a car that's perfectly synced to the driver, because it's such a long lap, and there are so many big corners, that you need to find that perfect balance. And getting the set-up right - and running flat-out for nearly two minutes - feels incredible.

"I think back to my victory there last year - I had pretty much the perfect weekend - my car was fantastic, I got pole position and just led the whole race. It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because I felt strong and confident for the entire weekend."

Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh concurs that the team cannot repeat their success 2012, but he is hopeful they can continue to make progress with their troublesome car.

"Spa has been the scene of many victories for McLaren through the years - not least, our very first grand prix win, achieved by Bruce McLaren himself back in 1968," he added.

"While we're not contenders for outright victory this time round, the whole team is looking forward to another opportunity to build on our ability to understand and operate MP4-28."

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