The Brit goes into his 14th British Grand Prix without a podium finish to his name at the race – just one of three races on the calendar alongside Austin and Korea where he hasn’t. Silverstone is renowned for its atmosphere and fanatic fans which “reverberates to fan-power.”
Speaking ahead of the next round of the season in a team statement, the 33-year-old stated the obvious in that the race is particularly special to him: “Any driver’s home race is a special thing, but racing at Silverstone means so much to me: it’s the place where I grew up watching Formula 1 – I first came here in 1994 – and it’s also a race that means so much to grand prix racing’s history and heritage.”
He added that it is a “unique” race in that current Formula One cars take to the same track “as Fangio, Clark, Stewart and Senna. It’s still lost none of that special atmosphere.” Summing up the race in a short declarative? “I love it” admitted Button.
He is optimistic for a better result in Silverstone after difficult Canadian Grand Prix: “After our difficult weekend in Canada, I’ll be hoping for a more representative weekend at home. Although the race in Montreal was disappointing, I still feel that it wasn’t a fully accurate reflection of where we are as a team – on a smoother track like Silverstone, I’m optimistic that we’ll fare better.
“Of course, I don’t want to raise everyone’s expectations: I think the fans know what to expect. For me, my goal will be to get the maximum from the package and to race as hard as I can – that’ll be a satisfactory outcome for me next weekend.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez is also looking forward to returning to Silverstone which is now his first ‘home’ race for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. The Mexican usually goes well at the Northamptonshire circuit and was close to a points finish last year until he collided with Pastor Maldonado.
After an equally tough weekend for Perez, he revealed that “We’ll be looking for a stronger showing in front of the team’s home fans. We are steadily making progress – I’m hopeful of a better showing next weekend.”
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