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Italian Grand Prix: Button ready for ‘historical’ Monza weekend

A notable landmark will give the McLaren team something to celebrate at the latest stop in a tough season.
While a victory may be out of the question, there will still be much for McLaren to celebrate at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix, according to Jenson Button.

The Briton heads to Monza on the back of a hard-earned sixth place in Belgium, but admits that there is more to look forward to whenever F1 returns to one of its 'original' circuits.

The Autodromo di Monza, which again hosts the final European stop on the F1 tour, remains the fastest venue on the calendar, with an average speed in excess of 150mph, but it is also one of the season's most historic venues. Built in 1922, the circuit has hosted the Italian Grand Prix every year bar one since 1950 – the 1980 edition was staged at Imola – and the teams and drivers revel in the unique atmosphere of the royal park.

To add to the occasion, McLaren – which boasts an enviable record of ten victories in the Italian Grand Prix - celebrates its 50th anniversary next week, leaving Button hoping for a strong result to mark the milestone.

“I've always loved Monza,” the Briton admitted, “I really enjoy circuits that have a bit of history to them, and Monza has that in abundance – it's one of the greatest tracks on the calendar.

“The place is unique: ever since we lost the 'old' Hockenheim, this has been the only place on the calendar where you run a really super-low downforce configuration - and you can feel it. The car accelerates up to speed incredibly quickly, feels skittish and loose when you're running flat-out, and can be tricky and unpredictable under braking. But that's what makes the place a special kind of challenge, and I really enjoy that.

“When you have the car hooked up beneath you, you get into a special kind of rhythm around Monza. You're going so fast that the whole lap just flows together. There's nowhere quite like it.

“It's really appropriate that McLaren will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the paddock over the Monza weekend. Both names are synonymous with motorsport history – you couldn't imagine F1 without them – so I'll be hoping for a strong result to show the strength and depth that we have as a team.”

Even with its long straights and its two DRS zones, Monza is a difficult circuit upon which to overtake. The Italian Grand Prix has been won from pole position 10 times in the last 13 years, making pole position at Monza more important than at Monaco over the same period!





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Dreadnaught

August 31, 2013 11:20 AM

Jenson has done enough not to need to worry about his CV, in spite of some of the more stupid comments that appear on some sites. He has been a loyal team player in worse situations than currently. Together they will sort it out but maybe not this year. It is certain that they will have learned a huge amount in adversity.

f138

August 31, 2013 11:00 AM

Jenson is a good and smart racer but he will have to call on all his skills to get this Mclaren competitive. What's more worrying is that the last time Mclaren went a whole season without a win was in 2006 I think Kimi and Montoya were the pilots that year, but since 2007 until 2012 Mclaren have always delivered at least two GP wins in a season even with some not so good cars like the 2009 challenger. I just hope Jenson can pick a win by what ever means as going a whole season without a win with one of the biggest teams in F1 would not look good on his CV.



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