Button hopeful of better balance
Jenson Button reckons he and his engineers may have worked out where they went wrong in recent races, although admits the proof will be in his on-track pace.
Last Updated: 23/05/12 7:42pm
Jenson Button is hopeful he and his team of engineers have been able to make some progress in improving his car's balance for the Monaco weekend - although admits it is impossible to tell by just how much before running gets underway on Thursday.
The McLaren driver, after claiming a victory and runner-up finish in the opening three races of the season, has more recently experienced struggles in both Bahrain and Spain, complaining of a lack of grip at the latter event amid a weekend in which he missed the Q3 qualifying cut and then finished only ninth in the race.
In the Monaco paddock on Wednesday, although he hinted that some set-up mistakes may have been behind some of the problems, Button was nonetheless reserving judgement on just how much progress his side of the garage had managed to make.
"I haven't driven it yet, so no, I don't know [if there will be an improvement]," he told Sky Sports News.
"Looking at the data with my engineers there are a few things that we think maybe we did wrong, but still we have to wait and see, see how the car feels here."
Button claimed a dominant victory in Monaco in his championship-winning year of 2009 and last year finished a close third behind Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in a thrilling race.
And while he concedes the unpredictable nature of the 2012 season means predictions for this weekend's event are particularly tough, the 32-year-old is aware that establishing a well-balanced car is still key to any successful outcome around the Principality's twisty streets.
"You come here looking for a good result. Whether you can achieve that I don't know, and I think that's been the same for every race we've been to this year," he said.
"There's such a difference race-to-race: Pastor [Maldonado] qualified 17th I think it was in Bahrain and he qualified second in Barcelona. I don't think that much has changed [in performance], so it's a tricky one.
"Monaco is different to most circuits we drive. Experience does play quite a big part and really understanding a car around a circuit like this.
"You do set the car up differently around here so hopefully we will have a good understanding going into Saturday for the first time in a little while."