Button: China will be a reboot

Sunday 07-April-2013 10:18

Jenson Button is looking to "reboot" his season in China after a disappointing start to the Championship.

Two grands prix into this season, Button has just two World Championship points as McLaren's MP4-28 was lagging behind its rivals in Australia and Malaysia.

The Brit, though, heads to China hoping that the work McLaren have done during the two weeks back at Woking will pay dividends in Shanghai.

"In a funny way, the Chinese Grand Prix almost feels like something of a reboot of the start of my season," Button.

"Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn't what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up and really attacked the task of addressing our car's issues.

"We know where we're losing performance, so I think we're actually all looking forward to seeing just what we can achieve in Shanghai."

The Brit is hoping McLaren will get an added boost from the fact that the Shanghai circuit has in the past suited the team's F1 cars.

"As far as the circuit goes, I've always enjoyed racing here: our car has always performed well around this circuit and we've always seemed to be able to find a good balance between the slow stuff, the high-speed changes of direction and the drag-loss needed for the long straight.

"It's a pretty good place for racing, too, because that straight offers such a good opportunity for slipstreaming and overtaking. I think we can have a pretty good race next weekend, too.

"The important thing for us as a team is to go into the weekend with clear focus, hone our strengths across the sessions and increase our understanding of the car."

As for the Championship, Button is refusing to rule out a fight-back despite being 38 points behind reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

He said: "I definitely think there's everything to play for with this Championship, and I can't wait to get back into the cockpit to start the fight again."

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