Jenson Button: “Suzuka is my favourite track”

Jenson Button feels the Suzuka track that hosts this weekends Japanese Grand Prix is his favourite track on the Formula 1 calendar, but feels it will be another tough race for him and his McLaren-Honda team.

The 2009 World Champion feels the combination of corners in Japan is a challenge he enjoys undertaking, and feels his victory for McLaren at the circuit back in 2011 was one of the best of his career.

“Suzuka is my favourite track on the calendar without a doubt,” said Button. “The thrill of the Esses, the Degners, Spoon, 130R – they are a combination of corners like no other in Formula 1 and for a driver it’s a mega challenge.

“Suzuka is the home grand prix for Honda too, so it will be an important weekend for the whole team. It’s not going to be an easy race, as the track is so quick and reliant on top speed, but we’ll be giving it our absolute all for the fans.

“Japan is like a second home for me. My wife is half-Japanese, I spend a lot of time there, the country is beautiful and the people are so warm and enthusiastic, you can’t fail to love it.

“I still regard my win at Suzuka in 2011 as one of my best – it’s such a challenge to get right as the circuit is narrow, twisty, and technical, so it’s one of the victories of which I’m most proud.”