Suzuka holds a lot of special memories for Jenson Button after winning in 2011, the 2009 World Champion says that heading to Japan is one of the highlights of the season.
“The Japanese Grand Prix is always one of my highlights of the year.” said Button. “I love going back to Japan and the fans there make it incredibly special. They give us 110% support throughout the whole week, right from the minute we arrive in Tokyo, and as drivers we really feed off that enthusiasm.”
Button described the Suzuka circuit as almost perfect with fast flowing corners and the infamous ‘130R’ corner makes it a huge challenge for all the drivers.
“The Suzuka circuit is incredible – almost in a class of its own on the calendar. It’s as close to a ‘perfect’ track as you can get in terms of having all of the different elements you would want as a driver. It’s fast, technical, difficult, rewarding, and really fun to drive, so it’s up there among the best.”
McLaren Honda have improved drastically over the season and with it being a home race for Honda, a good race would be fantastic for the whole team.
“As it’s another home race for us, we’ll be very busy in the lead up to the weekend itself, and it’s an important grand prix for the whole team, so I hope we can fight hard and get the best result we can to give something back to the enthusiastic fans.”