Ahead of the Belgian Gran Prix, Jenson Button has revealed that despite the track not being well suited to the characteristics of his MP4-31 package, he is still confident of finishing among the points.
Formula 1’s four-week summer break is now almost a thing of the past and Button and his McLaren-Honda team cannot wait to get back amongst the action.
While the power hungry Spa-Francorchamps circuit is not a great fit for McLaren-Honda, Button said in the build-up to the weekend that anything is possible, especially considering how comfortable he has always felt racing in Belgium.
“I’ve always loved Spa right from the early days of my career,” the 36-year-old Briton said.
“It still feels mega with every lap you do and never fails to put a smile on my face.
“It’s easily one of the best circuits on the calendar and definitely one of my favourites, so let’s see what we can do.
“I hope we can have a solid weekend. The important thing, as always, is reliability, and because of the nature of the Spa circuit it tends to be a race of attrition.
“The guys and girls back at MTC [McLaren Technology Centre] and also in Sakura are working hard to keep pushing the limits of our package, and I hope we can enjoy a smooth race from that point of view.”
The 2009 world champion will be out to make it back-to-back points finishes after claiming eighth at the Hockenheimring last month.