Despite a disappointing 2015 Formula 1 season so far, where Jenson Button has only scored points once with an eighth place finish in Monaco, the British driver still has a positive attitude despite the almost unending issues with his McLaren-Honda MP4/30.
Button will be competing in his sixteenth British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend, and his sixth with the McLaren team, and admits to enjoying racing in front of his home fans each and every year.
“It feels great to be heading back to Silverstone – a place I love going to every year – and it’s a real privilege to be able to race in front of my home fans,” revealed Button.
“No matter what happens during a race weekend, the fan support always makes the whole event extra special: even though this will be my 16th outing at the British Grand Prix, seeing the Union Jacks out in the grandstands and the roar of the crowd still gives me goose bumps every time – it really is a magical feeling.”
Despite never having finished on the podium at Silverstone, Button rates it amongst his favourite tracks on the calendar, and can’t wait to get out on track on Friday for first practice.
“Driving the Silverstone circuit is always immense fun for all the drivers, and it’s definitely one of my favourite racetracks,” added Button. “The combination of Maggotts-Becketts has legendary status for good reason, and it’s one of the most exhilarating corner combinations of any circuit on the Formula 1 calendar.
“I can’t wait to get out there on Friday and make the most of the incredible atmosphere at my home Grand Prix.”
Button was happy with the progress the team made during the test session at the Red Bull Ring last week with team-mate Fernando Alonso and test driver Stoffel Vandoorne, admitting having two trouble-free days was motivating after the season of unreliability issues so far.
“It was great that Fernando and Stoffel were able to do some positive running in Austria during the test, so we’ve firmly put the disappointments of race day behind us and I’m really looking forward to arriving in Silverstone,” said Button.
“We’re still struggling to achieve consistent reliability, so we’re working really hard to find solutions to the issues we’ve been facing. Saying that, having two trouble-free days of running at the test has been a great motivation, and we’re continuing to push for more progress in this area.”