F1 » 27 September 2013
Korean Grand Prix: Button out to end Yeongam jinx
Jenson Button: "If there's one circuit on the F1 calendar that hasn't been particularly kind to me, then it's the track in Korea..."
McLaren's Jenson Button has said he is extra determined to do well in Korea next weekend, given he has never particularly shone there.
Button heads to Yeongam off the back of his fifth points finish in succession in Singapore and will be keen to keep that run going to help McLaren consolidate fifth place in the Constructors' Championship over Force India.
“If there's one circuit on the F1 calendar that hasn't been particularly kind to me, then it's the track in Korea,” Button said in the countdown to the 14th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship. “I had a pretty tough race there in 2010 [and only finished 12th], an average race there in '11 [when I finished fourth], and I didn't even have a race there last year – someone smashed into me at Turn Three on the first lap, and my race was over.
“Of course, it would be easy for that to make your head drop, but, in fact, the opposite is true: I travel to Korea next week even more determined than normal to reverse the trend, get the absolute maximum from the car and get a good result.
“I think we had a solid weekend in Singapore, the engineers, the strategists and the mechanics got the best from the car, and we couldn't have realistically expected more. That's the aim again next weekend.”
“This is the first of three pairs of back-to-back races that conclude the season. I think it's very important for us to further consolidate our position in the championship, so getting points in both Korea and Japan will be important," he added. “We go into this weekend with maximum commitment."
Team-mate Sergio Perez meanwhile will also be aiming for points, especially as there is a lot of speculation over whether or not he will be retained by the squad in 2014: “The Korean Grand Prix is a very tough race – it might not have that reputation, but, make no mistake, to do well here is always extremely rewarding,” said the Mexican, who was 11th in Korea in 2012 and 16th in 2011.
“The circuit itself is an interesting venue – it's got two very distinct elements, the first half, which is basically a couple of heavy braking zones and three extremely long straights; and the final section, which is a long, undulating section with a mix of high- and medium-speed corners.
“It's a somewhat technical course, one that rewards precision more than it does commitment, so the main challenge comes from dialing the car into the track, which is satisfying when you get it right because there's a lot of time to be had from running a well-balanced car.
“The aim is also to have a car that works well in the principal overtaking areas – into Turns One and Three – which means making a little bit of a compromise to the set-up.
"That's particularly important because it's very difficult to overtake once you get into the twisty section, as there's really only a single racing line.”
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