21 May 2012
Button optimistic he can sort balance issues
Jenson Button looks to bounce back in Monaco
McLaren's Jenson Button has said he is 'optimistic' he will be able to 'get on top' of the balance issues this weekend in Monaco that blighted him in Spain and Bahrain.
Button only picked up two points at the Circuit de Catalunya and embarrassingly for the 32-year-old he finished behind his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, even though his fellow countryman had started right at the back of the grid.
Now though he heads to Monaco and having been right in contention last year for the win, he has a score to settle.
“I remember last year having a fantastic car beneath me and feeling really confident that I could challenge for the win. As it happened, circumstances beyond our control worked to pull that opportunity away from us, but I go back to Monte-Carlo with a little bit of unfinished business,” Button said ahead of F1's blue ribbon event.
“I'd love to win for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, the team has a great history around Monaco and I'd love to add my name to McLaren's Monaco winners' list. My win at Monaco in 2009 remains one of my favourite victories in F1. Monte-Carlo is a place where every driver wants to win, but achieving it is so satisfying because you know you've conquered one of the toughest circuits in motorsport. Winning the Monaco Grand Prix will always be really special.
“This year, we'll be running Pirelli's Supersoft compound for the first time – which should be interesting. And while our car isn't especially suited to the tighter confines of a track like Monaco, I'm optimistic of getting on top of the balance issues that have affected me for the past two races. It's going to be a fantastic weekend.”
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile added that the Woking-based team is feeling 'strong' and 'determined' heading to the Principality.
“I'm incredibly proud of the team's record at Monte-Carlo. We've won the Monaco Grand Prix more than any other team, and it's a race we all regard as incredibly special, and integral to the sporting image of F1,” Whitmarsh continued. “This is a unique event in so many ways – it places unique demands on the driver, the car and the team. Accordingly, winning in Monaco is considered a more significant victory than a win at other circuits.
“Both our drivers will arrive in the paddock feeling particularly determined this year: Jenson, because he will be determined to set the record straight after losing a victory in 2011 that many felt he rightfully deserved; Lewis, simply because he has been driving brilliantly all season and a victory at his favourite circuit would be just reward for all his speed and commitment.
“For the entire Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, too, we travel to the south of France feeling determined to string together a faultless weekend and to demonstrate our full potential.
“I have absolutely no doubts that the team is feeling very strong, and a win at Monaco would be the perfect fillip for their efforts.”
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