Jenson Button has admitted that he is looking forward to his home grand prix this season, expecting the final race at Silverstone to be different from recent visits because of his new-found form.
The Brawn GP driver heads home with a 26-point advantage - over his team-mate - after clinching a sixth win in seven races at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday and will entertain the strong possibility that he can add to that tally at Silverstone. While not predicting win number seven, however, Button has confessed that he expects the home support to be different to recent years.
"The British Grand Prix is always special, even when times have been tough, so going there leading the championship by 26 points is quite a nice feeling," the Briton admitted, "I am looking forward to it very much, and we will see what happens.
"Every year I've been to Silverstone to race in Formula One, it's quite amazing the support you get - even when you're not driving a competitive car, and when you can't get a result, you still get a lot of support, which is fantastic. The British public has always been behind their drivers, but going there this year is obviously a different situation, as I'm leading the championship.
"In previous years, when the car has been difficult to drive and we haven't had any results, in a way you're a little bit embarrassed because you've got so much support, but you can't give them anything back. But, to arrive there leading the championship, I feel that, in a way, it's giving them something to really get a hold of and sink their teeth into and really enjoy. I'm going to be very excited and looking forward to the weekend."
Despite clearly expecting to be the focus of the crowd's attention, in much the same way that countryman Lewis Hamilton has for the past two seasons, Button admitted that it would be business as usual once the helmet went on.
"When you get into the car, you're a hundred per cent focused," he insisted, "In a way, it's another race while you're actually in the car but, before and after, it's very different, for sure."
He will need to be focused too, if he is to achieve his aim of adding victory on home soil to those already achieved this season, notably in Monaco, as Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel - Button's closest opposition in Istanbul - are confident of providing a strong challenge at what will be the team's home race.
"I am looking forward to Silverstone for many reasons," the Australian admitted, "I think it will be a great atmosphere - unlike here. There was no-one here and Silverstone is going to be fantastic for Jenson and all the drivers. We like to perform in front of a lot of people, and [Britain] is one of the best grands prix of the year. The English people love their motorsport, and I love the track. It is a brilliant circuit and it is a home race for the team, so there are many reasons to look forward to it."
Asked whether he thought the RB5 would be strong at Silverstone, Webber simply replied 'Yes'.