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Button: Monaco should help McLaren

Tuesday 20-May-2014 13:00

Jenson Button is confident that McLaren will be a more competitive outfit in Monaco because aerodynamics and straight line speed plays less of a role at the famous street circuit.

After starting the season with some promising results, Button and his rookie team-mate Kevin Magnussen hasn't scored any points in the last three races, with the MP4-29 struggling to function as anticipated.

Nevertheless, Button is confident that the team will show an up-turn in form in the Principality.

"Obviously, I've never driven a turbocharged F1 car around Monaco before - and I'm relishing the opportunity," Button told crash.net.

"More than any other 2014 race, I think this event will show us the most pronounced difference between 'old F1' and the new formula we have. There's far less of an aerodynamic influence here - it's just about bolting as much to the car as possible in a bid to find grip - so I think the engine's influence will be greater.

"So, with less significance placed on aerodynamics, I hope we can enjoy a better race than our two previous outings in China and Spain. Monaco is such a special case - in every respect - I just hope we can string together a good weekend: we'll need to get the absolute maximum from the car in qualifying and on the first lap to be in with a chance to put up a fair showing.

"I'm up for the challenge, and the whole team is doing a great job of staying strong and working flat-out to bring updates to every race - and Monaco is no exception."

Magnussen is also relishing returning to a circuit he has raced at previously.

"My [World Series] race in Monaco last year was a bit of a missed opportunity," Magnussen said.

"I didn't hook it all together and ended up finishing only fourth - so, more than anything, I want to have a clean and constructive race this weekend. We don't have the pace in the car to challenge at the front, but, wherever I am, I'm determined to make a fight of it."

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