Jenson Button: “Monaco is like no other in the world”


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Jenson Button is looking forward to racing at the Circuit de Monaco when Formula 1 returns to Monaco this weekend.

The McLaren-Honda driver had a good start to the Spanish Grand Prix when he managed to jump ahead of two cars into the first turn. He took the chequered flag in ninth ahead of the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

Even though more street circuits are appearing on the Formula 1 calendar, to Button Monaco is like no other, he sees the Monte Carlo circuit as a real test and one that the Woking team look forward to every year.

“I love this track,” said Button. “Although we are now seeing more street circuits appearing on the Formula 1 calendar, Monaco is like no other in the world.

“It requires a completely unique set-up – more traction, high downforce, more steering angle, softer suspension – and the feeling you get driving around there is among the best you experience as a driver.

“It’s not a fast circuit, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel it. The barriers are so close you feel like you can reach out and touch them, and you need absolute 100% focus and concentration to get the most out of each lap, every lap – or pay serious consequences.

“One small mistake and you’ll definitely be punished, which is what makes it such a great driver’s track. It’s a real test, and one we look forward to taking every year we go back there.”

Button took victory in Monaco in 2009 during his championship winning year, but has only made the podium once since then when he finished the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix in third place.