Jenson Button says the Red Bull Ring is a throwback to 'a classic grand prix circuit' and feels McLaren can once again target points this weekend.
After a run of three consecutive points finishes from Russia, Spain and Russia the McLaren-Honda driver has endured a couple of frustrating races with an engine blowout in Canada followed by a near-miss on points with 11th place in Baku.
Despite the Spielberg circuit being considered a 'power-hungry' track by his team-mate Fernando Alonso, Button feels if McLaren can achieve its maximum performance the top ten will be in reach again at a track the British driver holds fond memories at.
“In many ways, racing in Austria reminds me of my early F1 career,” Button said. “I finished fourth at the track in 2003, and, even then, it had the feeling of a classic grand prix circuit. After an 11-year gap when the race wasn't on the calendar, we returned there in 2014 and it's thrown up some exciting races.”
Due to the relatively short and sharp layout of the Red Bull Ring Button hopes McLaren can benefit in its defence during the race with limited overtaking chances.
Honda's upgraded power unit has seen McLaren move closer to its Ferrari and Mercedes-powered rivals but is still lacking outright top speed while reliability is still questionable after two retirements from the past two races.
“There are only nine corners, which means that every input from within the cockpit needs to be extremely precise, as even the slightest mistake can cost a lot of time,” he said. “There are a couple of overtaking points, so the racing is always close. I'm looking forward to it.
“After a decent showing in Baku, I'll be looking to start where I left off next weekend. Like everyone at McLaren-Honda, I'm hungry to score more points; our package is improving race-by-race and I look forward to getting the maximum from it in Austria.”