Jenson Button can’t wait to return to Japan for the 15th round of the 2013 season this weekend. The Brit feels that the race is like a second home Grand Prix and is eager to drive the “unforgiving” Suzuka circuit once more.
Button has a good history at the popular track, winning the race in 2011 and finishing on the podium in 2004. He has scored points in 10 of his 11 visits to Suzuka and is a fan of the old-school nature of the track.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s race he said: “Suzuka feels a bit like a second home circuit to me. My win there back in 2011 remains one of my most emotional victories, because it was the first Japanese Grand Prix after the terrible tsunami that devastated the north of Japan – it was such an important event for the whole country.”
He feels that the track rewards those who don’t make mistakes: “The thing I really like about Suzuka is that it’s such an unforgiving track. On most circuits, if you run wide or out-brake yourself, you invariably end up just running onto the Tarmac run-off, so you can easily get back onto the track without any penalty. At Suzuka, if you run wide through the Esses, or go off the track at the exit of the Degners, you’re going to find yourself in the gravel. And I like that – I think it rewards those who don’t make mistakes, and it makes for better racing, because you have to stay honest and focused.”
His expectations are for another points finish: “Suzuka requires a car with a rock-solid balance and good downforce in order to go well. We’re not quite there with our car, but Korea showed that we can race well and, even despite misfortune, can score points. I think the whole team is keyed up for another positive weekend.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez has said that he will be pushing hard to get another good result under his belt and finish in the points once again: “I love Suzuka – such a great circuit. I really enjoy driving at fast tracks, and this place just has so many great corners – the Esses, the Degners, Spoon, 130R.
“It’s a place which has a fantastic flow – once you commit into Turn One, you’re basically just modulating your speed all the way through until the track spits the car out over the brow at Turn Seven. The feeling through there when you nail it is incredible. I’ll be pushing like crazy for a good result in Japan this weekend.”
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