Jenson Button says he is ready to start the 'next chapter' of his McLaren endeavour as he prepares to put a dismal 2015 Formula 1 season firmly behind him in Abu Dhabi.
In a season characterised by McLaren-Honda's woeful reliability and disappointing performance, Button is destined to finish the 2015 season well outside the overall top ten having managed just four top ten finishes over the course of the year with one race remaining.
Despite this, Button – who only confirmed his place in McLaren's 2016 line-up in October - has emphasised his commitment to the McLaren-Honda project and while he acknowledges the struggles of the 2015 season, he is determined to head into the winter on a positive note.
“It's great to be heading back to Yas Marina, not least because of the excitement and buzz that the fans bring and the incredible setting Abu Dhabi provides for a racing venue, but also because it is the end of a long and challenging year for the whole team. Although we've had some difficult weekends over the past few races, the mood back at MTC is still very upbeat, and everyone is already working hard for next year.
“If we can push for some points in Abu Dhabi, it'll definitely be a boost for the team to end the season, and will reward all the efforts from every single member of the team over the past year. We already have our heads firmly on the development push over winter, so anything positive we can take from this weekend will help us start our next chapter together with even more energy. Our motivation is as strong as ever.”
Indeed, though Button says the Yas Marina Circuit is unlikely to suit the compromised MP4-30 package, he expects to go better than in Brazil.
“It's testament to the strength of our team that we continue to come out fighting every race weekend, and Abu Dhabi will be exactly the same. Yas Marina is a tricky circuit with lots of different elements coming together: sweeping faster sections, two long back straights, and a slower-speed tight, twisty infield section at the end of the lap. It makes set-up a challenge and particularly for our package it's not well suited, but we're hopeful of a more positive performance there than we found at Interlagos.”