Jenson Button: “Albert Park is always a great season-opener”


Jenson Button is excited to go back to racing this weekend when the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship starts in Australia.

It was a disappointing start for the McLaren-Honda driver last season at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix as he finished the race in eleventh, but due to six retirements during this race, Button’s was the last of the finishers. Even with this disappointment, Button still believes Albert Park Circuit is a great season-opener.

The Briton believe Australia is always a new slate each day in terms of set-up. Right from the first free practice session, the team will be working on configuring their updates.

“I’m so excited to go racing again!” said Button. “Albert Park is always a great season-opener, I love Melbourne as a city, and the track is pretty good, too. The warm weather is a welcome change and the higher track temperatures than we’ve been used to in testing always pose a bit of a challenge.

“In Australia it’s always a new slate each day in terms of set-up, as the track starts off very green on the Friday and wears in more and more as the weekend goes on. We are planning to bring some updates to this race, so we’ll be working on configuring those into our set-up right from FP1.

“Albert Park is a tricky place to start the season at,” added Button. “It’s an unforgiving, technical, bumpy street circuit, so it really gets you going after a few months off from racing, but that’s why we love driving there.”