Jenson Button says he is optimistic of a more competitive showing from the Honda team as the European Formula 1 season heads to Monza this weekend for the latest round of the season.

Button and the Brackley based squad have endured a trying 2007 campaign to date which has so far yielded just a single point compared to the 58 that were on the board as the F1 brigade heading to Monza a year ago for the final European race of the season.

However, Button heads to the Italian Grand Prix buoyed by a solid performance in testing last week and the Briton now hopes to carry that form into the race weekend as Honda aims to try and end its season on a positive note.

"I always look forward to racing at Monza and it is a track that I really enjoy as the racing around there can be very exciting and the atmosphere over the weekend is always electric," he said. "Ascari is probably my favourite part of the track and you can have a lot of fun through there, particularly in a well-balanced car. It's a very fast lap with big braking points so you have concentrate hard the whole way round and make sure that you use the kerbs to your full advantage to take every tenth from the lap.

"We tested here last week for four days which went well despite the unusually poor weather. We ran the car in the unique set-up required for Monza with a lower downforce setting than usual and it performed well. The race will be tough however I expect our performance to be more competitive than some of the recent races which gives cause for optimism."



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