In light of what is happening - or not happening - for the McLaren Honda F1 team this season, fourth place is a goal worth striving for as the Woking outfit heads to Sochi for the second Russian Grand Prix.

Having qualified on the outside of row two and run as high as third in the early going, that was where Jenson Button crossed the line in the inaugural race on the shores of the Black Sea last October, but the Briton acknowledges that he can only dream of a repeat in 2015 as Honda's V6 continues to struggle with pace and reliability.

"Suzuka was a challenging race for us because of the nature of the track, but racing in Japan in front of Honda's home crowd was an incredible experience and it really lifted everyone's spirits," Button insisted, having finished a lowly 16th in round 14 of the season.

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The Briton got away well from the grid at the start of last year's Sochi race and spent the early laps in third place, but pitting earlier than planned in an effort to stay ahead of a recovering Nico Rosberg proved fruitless and Button just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth, just one place ahead of team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who came from eleventh on the grid.

"In Sochi, I had one of my best results of the year last season, and really enjoyed driving on a new track," Button, whose best 2015 result is eighth at Monaco, confirmed, "The surface has a lot of grip, so I'm looking forward to seeing how our tyres perform there. We'll work closely with our guys on both sides of the garage to get the most out of every session and iron out some of the issues we had in Suzuka."

Despite rumours to the contrary circulating at Suzuka, the veteran - whose fourth in Russia was bettered only by a podium in round one - heads to Sochi buoyed by confirmation that he will remain in F1 for at least one more season.

"I'm really pleased that my plans for next year have been confirmed," Button admitted, "I'm fully committed to this team and have strong faith in the incredibly hard work that's going on behind the scenes in Woking and Sakura. We'll keep our heads down and keep pushing hard to improve our car at every race weekend."