Jenson Button says he hopes McLaren can have a 'reasonable' weekend in Singapore, despite admitting it was 'never going to be good at the moment'.

The Briton will be seeking to improve on the tenth place he picked up last time out at Monza, with the team hoping it will be more competitive on the high-downforce street circuit.

However, the 2009 champion warned that ride height could be a cause for concern, with the possibility that the bumpy nature of the Singapore circuit could work against him.

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"We haven't run car in high downforce for a while," he said. "We had a good package in Hungary but the issue there was that we didn't have the front end to benefit from the downforce we had. The situation is different now and I think we should be alright here and I'm quite excited.

"We do have to be careful with the ride quality though as it is very bumpy here. That has been a weakness and although it has got better, we have to aim to get the car somewhere where we have the aero but it keeps us off the deck. If we can do that, I think we can have a positive weekend. It's never going to be good at the moment, but it can be reasonable."

Button also praised the decision to remove the Singapore Sling chicane, which this season has been replaced by a single left-hand corner.

"The new turn ten is fast, I didn't have to brake while running the circuit!" he quipped. "Seriously, it should be a quick corner but we'll have to wait and see. It is what we wanted as drivers, as the chicane that was in place wasn't really made for F1 cars. It'll be interesting though, as you'll need to make sure you position the car well for the corners that follow."