Jenson Button says McLaren-Honda must continue its expectations realistic at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
McLaren F1 team has suffered a difficult season so far, mainly they are struggling in medium and high-speed tracks. They are set points at Monaco and Hungary, tracks that have equivalent uniqueness to that in Singapore.
“There’s always a lot of anticipation in the build-up to this race, and for us it’s no different,” said Button.
“We’ve had a couple of really challenging races, but we’ve said for a while that some of the circuits we go to towards the end of the season should be a bit better-suited to the stronger elements of our package.
“There’s no denying it’ll be hard work, and we aren’t expecting miracles overnight. But, Singapore is a fantastic circuit, it’s one of the longest races of the season in terms of time, and we quite often we see a Safety Car there.
“So, anything can happen; we’re hoping to learn a lot about how our car works in this configuration, and take as many positives from the weekend as we can.”
“Singapore is always such a special race,” said Button. “It’s quickly become one of the most famous races on the calendar and it’s easy to see why.
“The whole set-up is really special and racing under lights creates an amazing atmosphere that’s totally different from any other grand prix. There’s a real buzz about the place from the moment you step off the plane.”
McLaren currently sits ninth in the constructors’ championship. Latest point finish at Hungary, Fernando Alonso finished fifth and Jenson Button managed ninth.