Jenson Button is keen to continue the form that took him to only his second Formula 1 World Championship point at Monza when the teams return to Belgium and Spa-Francorchamps for the first time in two seasons.

Eighth place at Monza signalled Honda's best race of the season and with only a week between that round and the following one in Belgium, Button is hopeful that form can be transferred to the equally historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Nonetheless, the Brit insists he is remaining 'realistic' over their expectations as Spa represents a different kind of challenge than the low downforce Italian circuit.

"We had a good weekend in Monza, coming away from a strong race performance with a point. We have to be realistic about our prospects for Spa as the circuit demands are very different and our test in July was difficult, but I am hopeful the improvements will carry through."

Still, Spa remains a circuit of fond memories for Button after qualifying third and finishing fifth on his first attempt back in 2000, while a podium in 2005 is also another highlight for him and Honda.

"Spa is one of my absolute favourite circuits and I am really excited that it is back on the calendar for this year. As everyone acknowledges, Spa is a real drivers' track where your skill and commitment are tested to the absolute limit on every lap. The only other track that really compares to the challenge of Spa is probably Suzuka in Japan.

"It's a flowing circuit which you can really get into a rhythm around. You can overtake at the top of the hill into Les Combes, hopefully into the new chicane and you can also squeeze by at the first corner, La Source. The biggest challenge is the double left-hander Pouhon and it is really satisfying to get that right.

 

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