Jenson Button has predicted the Monaco Grand Prix will be 'different' tomorrow and he is hopeful he should be able to push for the win, even though he will start behind current pacesetter Sebastian Vettel.
Button ended qualifying today 'best of the rest', four tenths off the pole lap, and he is now looking forward to the race, especially as he is extremely content with the set-up of his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-26.
“I was very happy with my Q3 lap,” Button reflected. “I knew there was more to come from the car after my Q1 and Q2 runs, when I had a bit too much understeer. While second isn't the easiest place to get away from here, it's still nice to be up at the front.
“I think we'll see a different Monaco Grand Prix from what we usually see – strategy will be important, and I think it will make the race more exciting than normal because we should be able to push for victory despite not starting from pole.
“Our car feels good here, and that's given me a lot of confidence: I'll be pushing in the race tomorrow.”
Button conceded however, that Sergio Perez's violent crash at the exit of the tunnel brought back memories of his own accident there back in 2003.
“Today's result in qualifying takes a bit of a back seat after what happened to Sergio in Q3 this afternoon,” he continued.
“We all know this circuit can be dangerous, and I know what it feels like to go off at that particular corner, but I'm very happy to hear that he has not been seriously injured,” Button concluded.