Jenson Button: “I’m hungry to score more points”


Jenson Button on track. Credit: McLaren Media Centre

McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button is looking forward to returning to the Austrian Grand Prix, a location that reminds the Brit of old style racetracks, and takes him back to his early days in F1.

“In many ways, racing in Austria reminds me of my early F1 career. I finished fourth at the track in 2003, and, even then, it had the feeling of a classic grand prix circuit. After an 11-year gap when the race wasn’t on the calendar, we returned there in 2014 and it’s thrown up some exciting races.” 

The Spielberg track is one where precision is key, and as one of the smoothest drivers in F1, Button hopes a strong race is on the cards for him and the Woking based squad in Austria this weekend.

“There are only nine corners, which means that every input from within the cockpit needs to be extremely precise, as even the slightest mistake can cost a lot of time. There are a couple of overtaking points, so the racing is always close. I’m looking forward to it.”

“After a decent showing in Baku, I’ll be looking to start where I left off next weekend. Like everyone at McLaren-Honda, I’m hungry to score more points; our package is improving race-by-race and I look forward to getting the maximum from it in Austria.”

The MP4-31 should be suited to the undulating nature of the Red Bull Ring, and Honda have confirmed their new turbo upgrade helped the team’s efficiency in both Canada and Azerbaijan. Scoring points here in Austria will be a definite goal for McLaren on Sunday.