Jenson Button says McLaren can challenge for victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix after an encouraging day during Friday practice.

11192 - Button eyes victory challenge

Button was third quickest in the second session as team-mate Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets on both occasions, and managed to complete 54 laps throughout the day. Having covered so many miles, Button said he had found a good baseline set-up for the car and was just looking to match Hamilton's final sector.

"(It was) a trouble-free day, which is nice," Button said. "We managed a lot of good runs and did a lot of useful set-up work, so it was a good day. I'm very happy with the direction we've taken with the car. We're strong in the first and last sectors. I'm quickest in the first sector and Lewis is fastest in the last. If we can put it all together, we'll be looking pretty good."

Button also said that he felt the car would be competitive enough to fight for the win come Sunday afternoon, but that both Ferrari and Red Bull would also have the same aspirations.

"I enjoy driving at the Hungaroring. With a few more set-up tweaks, I think we can be competitive. I hope to challenge for victory, but I'm not the only driver thinking that. Ferrari and Red Bull will also be looking to have good weekends, but that's great for Formula 1."