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Button: McLaren can make small step forward in Monaco

18 May 2013

Britain's Jenson Button has said he is 'confident' McLaren can make another 'small step forward' in Monaco.

McLaren introduced a number of new updates in Spain last weekend, however, despite that the Woking-based outfit still struggled.

Indeed Button failed to make it through to the top-ten shootout for the first time this season, and in the end could qualify no better than 14th.

Although he fought back in the race, and was eighth at the flag, he still finished almost 80 seconds off the winner, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

“Everyone at McLaren has been working flat-out since the Spanish Grand Prix. We're not yet where we want to be in terms of competitiveness, but I'm confident that we can make another small step forward in Monaco," Button confirmed in the countdown to round six on the F1 2013 schedule.

“We'll continue to chip away at the performance of the MP4-28 until it's capable of challenging at the front; there's no other agenda for a winning team like McLaren. The aim for Monaco is to get both cars home in the points, as we did in Barcelona.”

As for Monte Carlo itself, Button added that it is a great to drive an F1 car around the legendary 3.3 kilometre street circuit.

“Monaco is unlike any other racetrack in F1,” he continued. “The average speed is the slowest of the year, but it feels very quick. The track's quite narrow in places and there are some fast sections. The run up the hill from Ste Devote to Casino Square involves some quick changes of direction, as does the Swimming Pool, and the Tunnel is fast, loud and dark.”

“A qualifying lap around there is an exhilarating experience for a driver: you turn into corners on the limit and you kiss every barrier at the exit,” he continued.

“To get pole position, as I did in 2009, is hugely satisfying and you need to be inch-perfect for 78 laps in order to win the race.

"It's a great challenge.”


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