Button: China acts as a reboot of my season
5 April 2013 – Jenson Button says next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix will serve as a fresh start to his season, with the McLaren driver eager to add a significant amount of points to his slender total after the opening two races in Australia and Malaysia.
Following a ninth place finish in Melbourne, Button’s encouraging drive at Sepang was ruined when a mechanic failed to secure his right-front wheel during a pit-stop, leaving him out of the top ten before a late retirement. With these outings now firmly in the back of his mind, the Briton is confident of making progress in Shanghai.
"In a funny way, the Chinese Grand Prix almost feels like something of a reboot of the start of my season," Button commented. "Taking home two points from the first two races obviously wasn’t what we had in mind at the beginning of the year, but I think everybody in the team has picked themselves up and really attacked the task of addressing our car’s issues.
"We know where we’re losing performance, so I think we’re actually looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in Shanghai. I think we can have a pretty good race."
Button went on to explain that there is ‘everything to play for’ in the title race despite his troublesome start and is holding plenty of faith in an improving MP4-28 chassis.
"The important thing for us as a team is to go into the weekend with clear focus, hone our strengths across the sessions and increase our understanding of the car," Button added. "I definitely think there’s everything to play for with this championship, and I can’t wait to get back into the cockpit to start the fight again."
Button claimed victory at the Chinese Grand Prix back in 2010, taking the chequered flag just over a second ahead of then McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.