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Monza has a real history about it, says Button.

The Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is always one to really cherish, that's the view of Britain's Jenson Button.

Button has only managed one points finish so far this season, when he was sixth at the Spanish GP back in April and while Rubens Barrichello has done slightly better, both have struggled with the largely uncompetitive RA108.

The Belgian GP last weekend was another tough event and while the trip to Milan is unlikely to bring much respite, Jenson and Rubens are both looking forward to racing in front of the fanatical tifosi.

"I always look forward to racing at Monza and the Italian fans are really passionate about motor racing," Button confirmed. "Although you're so focused over the weekend on improving your car, you can still sense the atmosphere and excitement around the circuit.

"Monza also has a real history about it. I've walked around the old banking part of the track and have so much respect for the guys who used to race on there. Monza is very different from most of the circuits that we race on during the year.

"It's quick and you have to run such low downforce to get the straightline speed that is needed to take advantage of the straights.

"Ascari is probably my favourite part of the track and you can have a lot of fun through there. Parabolica is also good, particularly in qualifying when you're trying to get the most out of the car and brake as late as possible whilst you are turning it. If you brake a little late, you're off into the gravel and probably the wall. But if you get it right and have a good qualifying lap, then it's an amazing buzz because you know that you've worked so hard for it."

Rubens also likes Monza and having won the Italian GP twice he knows exactly what is needed to put in a quick lap at the 3.600-mile circuit.

"Monza is a very special racetrack and it has always been a real honour to race there and an even better feeling to win the Italian Grand Prix," continued the Brazilian. "The track holds some of my favourite racing memories from my victories in 2002 and 2004.

"As the quickest circuit on the calendar with long straights, engine power is very important to maximise your straightline speed, and the car will be set up with the lowest drag and downforce levels possible. However you really need to have good stability under braking to able to ride the Monza kerbs effectively without having too much understeer.

"Good traction is important for exiting the Rettifilo and Roggia chicanes and you can overtake at both of these turns. It's more difficult to slipstream on the straights these days though as it is so difficult to follow another car without losing out from the buffeting."


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