Jenson Button says he is determined to focus on the positives of his McLaren-Honda package at the Italian Grand Prix, on a weekend he is otherwise expecting to struggle at the high-speed Monza circuit.
As the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar, Button and Fernando Alonso have long identified the Italian event as one of the hardest for the MP4-30, despite Honda bringing its much vaunted power unit upgrade to Belgium.
However, after an underwhelming roll-out at Spa, though Button accepts he will be chasing the competition at Monza, he says he is still encouraged by the progress made in other areas, particularly the balance.
“Spa was a very tough race for the team, and especially so on my side of the garage due to the deployment issues I had on the straights,” he said. “We're working hard on this and we're optimistic that there won't be a repeat in Monza, as it really hindered any chance I had of keeping up with the rest of the pack. That said, Monza's high speeds will prove very challenging for us, but we'll give it our all and stay focussed as ever.
“The key for us will be getting the maximum from the car on Saturday, to give ourselves a fighting chance of a good battle on Sunday afternoon.
“Despite the issues, the car was well balanced in Spa and felt good to drive, particularly in qualifying, so we'll aim to make the most of that in Monza, too, before we head to the flyaways where there'll be circuits that'll suit our car's strengths much better.”