Jenson Button admits that he will have a big grin on his face throughout the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, whatever fate doles out to the struggling McLaren-Honda team.
Although the Woking squad posted its best result of the season last time out in Budapest, with Button's ninth place backing up team-mate Fernando Alonso's season-best fifth, it is already playing down expectations for both Belgium and Italy, even though Honda is expected to bring an updated version of its V6 turbo to the Ardennes.
Button, however, is looking forward to kick-starting the second half of the 2015 season at a circuit he, like many of his rivals, rates amongst the best in the world.
"What a place to resume the second half of the season!” he enthused, “I love Spa and it's such a great place to come to after the break. It is a circuit I've always loved right from the start of my racing career - every lap is still hugely exciting and puts a massive grin on my face. It's genuinely a circuit like no other.
"I won there back in 2012, and, even when I'm not battling for the lead, I really enjoy the racing there as it usually produces fantastic grands prix. It's a privilege as an F1 driver to be able to go to the circuit in the morning, get in the car, and race through some of the most legendary corners in motorsport."
Button's lone Spa win came with McLaren but, while he is not anticipating a repeat this year, there is the continual effort to return to the front of the F1 pack to be measured this weekend.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back into the car and seeing where we stand among our nearest competitors,” the 2009 world champion, who sits a lowly 17th in the current standings, confirmed, “We can't pretend that we're expecting a huge jump forward in performance - especially at this circuit, as it doesn't suit our car's characteristics - but, after the break, I'm feeling refreshed, positive, and ready to continue the solid progress we've made so far.”