20 May 2015
F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Button upbeat after positive Barcelona test
Jenson Button admits that he may have been a little over-dramatic in summing up his Spanish Grand Prix experience, and says he is cautiously optimistic about Monaco this weekend.
Jenson Button heads into this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix in confident mood, realising what a difference 72 hours can make after a fraught Barcelona race was turned around by a positive test at the same circuit.
The Briton, who won at the famed street circuit on the road to his 2009 F1 world title, admitted that driving the latest McLaren-Honda during the Spanish Grand Prix had been a 'scary' experience, but acknowledged in the Principality that, perhaps, his reaction had been a little extreme.
With the chance to put the car back on the track during the ensuing two-day group test at the same Circuit de Catalunya, Button left Spain a lot happier with the machine, and optimistic that the narrow confines of Monaco might provide a long-awaited turning point for the MP4-30.
“As you might have noticed, I was very outspoken [after the Spanish GP],” the F1 veteran said sheepishly, “When emotions are running high, you always exaggerate things.
“It was a tough race for me in Barcelona, [so] it was good to have the test three days later, also in Barcelona, to really put everything right. The car felt much nicer to drive, much more consistent, especially on the long-run pace. We also had some new parts to test for this season, but also specifically for here, [so] it was a good test.
“You could see how far we have come since February, as a whole team but especially Honda and the Japanese side. There was so much more confidence within and [we were] really happy to complete the amount of laps we did, but also to do a lot of very useful work. It was a really good day and, hopefully, we can carry that through to this weekend.”
Asked whether his Monaco win remains the best of his career, Button actually denied that that was the case, putting greater emphasis on another aspect of the blue riband weekend.
“The win? Probably not so much,” he insisted, “I think Monaco, as we all know, is very difficult for overtaking, so Saturday is probably more important than Sunday. It's probably the most important pole position I've ever had, and that really made my weekend.”
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