Jenson Button has labelled the Esses at Suzuka as “the best section of corners in the world” ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.
The first sector at Suzuka is a firm favourite with the drivers, with Daniel Ricciardo describing it as “a dream” to drive
. Button – who won the Japanese race in 2011 – goes even further in his praise for the circuit, although he concedes it could be a difficult weekend for McLaren.
“Coming to Suzuka feels like a second home race for me,” Button said. “Japan is such a special place and my win here in 2011 really stands out as a personal highlight. The fans there really set it apart and there's an incredible atmosphere about the whole place all weekend.
“It's also one of the best circuits we come to; a real challenge and incredibly unforgiving, which makes it all the more rewarding when you get it right. For me the Esses are the best section of corners in the world – totally unique to Suzuka, which makes racing here so exciting. Being such a tricky, high-speed track you need good downforce, rhythm and total focus to get the most out of a lap.
“Despite not getting to the finish in Singapore, we're definitely on an upward curve in terms of developing the car. Suzuka will be a tricky one for us, but I'm still really looking forward to it.”