Jenson Button: “There’s still a huge amount of belief”

Jenson Button is ready to bounce back from the disappointment of his weekend in Montreal two weeks ago as the Formula 1 circus arrives at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The 2009 World Champion admitted the weekend in Canada was disappointing for the whole McLaren-Honda team, but insists the team are focused on the positives, with the hard work still being put in to improve the car.

“Over the past few days we’ve bounced back from Montreal and we’re already looking firmly ahead at the next challenge,” insisted Button.

“As a team, we’re measured ultimately on where we finish on a Sunday afternoon, which doesn’t take into account the progress we’ve made behind the scenes, or in practice and qualifying in the build-up to the race, so it can sometimes be difficult to see the positives after a tough grand prix.

“However, it’s important that we don’t forget how far we’ve come. Yes, both cars retiring from the race was not at all the result we’ve been working so hard for, but we are focused on the progress we’re still making and the improvements that we’ve already made up to this point.

“There’s still a huge amount of belief within the team, and we’re continuing to push for development in every area back in Woking and Sakura.”

Button was one of only a handful of drivers who had previous Formula 1 experience at Spielberg last season, and admits the track is fun to drive, but fears the circuit will be another one that does not suit the MP4/30.

“Last year’s Austrian Grand Prix was a huge success, and for the few of us drivers that raced here pre-2003, it’s definitely considered one of those ‘mini-classics’: not so complex in terms of its configuration, but fun to drive,” said Button.

“On paper, Austria won’t suit the characteristics of our car, but I’m looking forward to enjoying some good racing there and pushing to make more progress in every session.”