F1: Button seeking a Silver lining

Jenson Button hopes to do his bit on an "awesome" weekend for British sport but admits England are unlikely to get much of a World Cup boost from him at Silverstone.

Jenson Button hopes to do his bit on an "awesome" weekend for British sport but admits England are unlikely to get much of a World Cup boost from him at Silverstone.

Button's quest for a maiden win in this weekend's British Grand Prix will take a back seat to England's World Cup opener against Paraguay on Saturday, which kicks off just after qualifying at Silverstone.

The 26-year-old will be one of thousands at the Northamptonshire track distracted by events in Germany.

He believes the backdrop to England's World Cup campaign should bring a special atmosphere to the weekend.

Button, who partied with David Beckham at his pre-World Cup bash, said: "I am patriotic, I want to support my country. It is going to be a great weekend - awesome."

However, Button, gearing up for his 108th Formula One start, believes England's footballers have a better chance of netting a winner's medal than he has of breaking his duck.

The Englishman's season has gone downhill in the last three races, during which time he has only claimed three points to team-mate Rubens Barrichello's 11. His Honda team started the season promising to fight for a maiden victory with what team boss Nick Fry claimed was the best driver line-up in Formula One.

However, those boasts have come to little and Button concedes a maiden win on home soil is out of the question.

He said: "There is not a British driver who can win the race but it is still going to be a great show and the great thing is we have an England match on at the same time.

"What better place to watch the England match than at the British Grand Prix?

"I think we are going to have good race there. The car is strong around the track but it is not as strong as the Renault."

Button has been dogged by just one question for the best part of three seasons with that first win now well overdue.

Since his first podium place in 2004, he has seemed on the verge of clinching an elusive winner's trophy but, approaching his home race, looks further away from that goal as at any time in three seasons.

Button added: "There is no use talking about it. You can say what you like but it does not change the fact I have yet to win a race.

"Hopefully I will go through my career and win a world championship and it will all be forgotten."

An awful display at Monaco two weeks ago netted 11th place only by virtue of retirements ahead of him.

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