Jenson Button says he is confident of being able to secure his best finish in Korea to date when F1 heads to Yeongam this weekend.
The McLaren driver has a best finish of fourth so far in the race and heads back to the circuit this time around on the back of a similar result in Japan last year – where he just missed out on getting ahead of the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi late on.
As one of the few venues in F1 where he hasn't taken to the podium in the past, Button said he was hopeful of making the most of the speed displayed by McLaren in recent races to take his best finish thus far.
“We had a strong race in Japan, now I hope we can take maintain that momentum through practice, qualifying and the race next weekend,” he said. “The Korean International Circuit is quite a demanding place – every time you feel you're settling into a rhythm, the track changes direction quite unexpectedly. It doesn't have a flow of some of the other new modern facilities we've been to in recent years, such as the Buddh International Circuit or Istanbul Park.
“The first sector is comprised of long straights: Turns One, Three and Four are all preceded by big braking zones and require good traction at their exits. The final sector is much slower – it almost feels like a street circuit – and, again, it compromises that feeling of flow that you're looking for throughout the lap.
“I didn't have a great race here back in 2010, but things were better last year – I finished fourth, although it was still the only circuit in the second half of the season at which I didn't appear on the podium.
“Our pace in recent races has been consistently strong, so that makes me feel confident that I can secure my best-ever result there next weekend.”