Button optimistic ahead of Hungary GP

Date published: July 19 2016

Jenson Button is confident that this weekend’s twisty and curvy Hungarian Grand Prix will be a good outing for McLaren-Honda, since the Hungaroring doesn’t demanding a lot of power.

It has been evident this season that their MP4-31 has been lacking pace on power-hungry circuits, which is why Button looks forward to tracks less dependent on power.

Since the Monaco GP, McLaren have only scored eight points, with last four races being power sensitive tracks.

However, with the F1 paddock heading to a track that is more favourable to McLaren, the Brit is optimistic that he and his teammate Fernando Alonso can both finish in the top ten this Sunday.

“This circuit is quite different from the last few we’ve been to, so I’m looking forward to heading back to Hungary next weekend,” said the 2009 World Champion.

“It’s less dependent on power, and much more dependent on traction, cornering speeds and agility, and it’s a really enjoyable challenge. You get a great feeling when you hook up a good lap there.

“The focus is much more on aero, so we’ll run pretty high downforce and try to make the most of our car’s good traction under braking. Hopefully it’ll mean we can keep up with the chasing pack and maybe even make up a bit of ground, too. Although we struggled with our pace in Silverstone, the Hungaroring is a different kettle of fish, so I’m keen to see how we perform there.

“In the past couple of years Hungary has been fairly good to us and provided a bit of a boost before the summer break after a relentless few weeks of back-to-back racing, so I’m hoping for more of the same this time around.

“It suits our car more than some of the other circuits, but of course there are no guarantees, so we’ll be putting in the hard work on Friday to make sure we have the best possible set-up for the demands of this quirky track.”