Jenson Button says it was about time luck favoured McLaren this season and is hoping it continues heading into the US Grand Prix.
The McLaren Honda driver made a welcomed return to the points in Russia, albeit in ninth after profiting from a series of retirements by cars ahead of Button on track, but the British driver felt after the teams' woes this year with an unreliable and underpowered engine he deserved some good fortune.
“Although we were lucky on the last lap in Russia, we haven't had much luck go our way this season so it was encouraging to come away with two points and get both cars to the finish with no issues,” Button said. “Since Sochi I've been back at MTC for a couple of days, working hard with my engineers and prepping for the back-to-backs of Austin and Mexico.”
Button believes the Circuit of the Americas combination of corners could work to the advantage of the McLaren but says it needs to get on top of tyre degradation problems suffered 12 months ago to put itself in a strong position to profit from a similar situation witnessed in Russia.
“Last year we really struggled with tyre degradation on the relatively new asphalt, so we need to crack that as soon as we get out on track on Friday and see what we can do to combat it,” Button said. “Circuit of The Americas has long straights, heavy braking, fast corners and some twisty sections, but its flowing nature could play to our package's strengths.
“In Russia we saw that anything is possible, so we'll be pushing hard as usual to make sure we're in with a fighting chance come the end of the race.”