Button: Engine influence greater in Monaco
19 May 2014 – Jenson Button is optimistic that engine performance will play the biggest role at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Although McLaren started the season well, with Button and Kevin Magnussen reaching the podium in Australia and recording another double top ten in Malaysia, the team has failed to score points in the past three races.
With this in mind, Button hopes the street race can mark a change in fortunes for the Woking-based outfit.
"More than any other 2014 race, I think this event will show us the most pronounced difference between 'old F1' and the new formula we have," Button explained. "There's far less of an aerodynamic influence here – it's just about bolting as much to the car as possible in a bid to find grip – so I think the engine's influence will be greater.
"With less significance placed on aerodynamics, I hope we can enjoy a better race than our two previous outings. Monaco is such a special case. I just hope we can string together a good weekend: we'll need to get the absolute maximum from the car in qualifying and on the first lap to be in with a chance to put up a fair showing."
McLaren sits sixth in the Constructors' standings after five races, three points behind fifth-placed Williams.