Button ready to upset the locals
British driver is aiming for back-to-back victories
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 5, 2012 4:53pm
Jenson Button is ready to upset local fans at Monza as he aims to make it back-to-back victories at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver has never won at the circuit in northern Italy - a record he is looking put right after finishing second for the last three years.
However, a victory for Button and McLaren would be likely to prompt a hostile reception on the podium, with the passionate tifosi crowd, adorned in scarlet, ready to cheer on their beloved Ferrari.
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Asked whether Monza figured on his 'to-win' list, Button said: "It does, but Monza's just a little bit different.
"Winning in Monza must be a great feeling, but I would say it's not one that I enjoy standing on the podium at.
"The tifosi are there to support Ferrari. They're not there to support us.
"I don't like people booing. I'm not used to football crowds.
"But Monza's a great place and the last three years there I've been second, just missing out on a victory a couple of times, so it would be great to win there.
"Winning in Spa was definitely amazing. I've won in Monaco, I've won in Suzuka, and now I've won in Spa.
"Those three stand out for me as being very special circuits. The only one missing is Silverstone, my home grand prix.
"Before I end my career I'd like to at least be on the podium, or hopefully win there."
Button has scored more points than any other driver during the last three races, including a race win in Belgium, and heads to Monza as the form driver as he looks to overhaul the 63-point deficit to leader Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' Championship.
Button added: "It was the perfect weekend for me.
"It's not only put me back in contention for the Drivers' title, but it's shown we have a car that can definitely fight for the constructors' title.
"It'll be great to be back in the car so soon after the victory.
"Monza is one of the greatest circuits in the world and our car seems to be particularly well suited to high-speed circuits, so I'm optimistic we'll be competitive again this weekend.
"For some reason, the car we've brought to Monza in the last two seasons has been really well suited to me.
"I've really been able to work with the balance and enjoyed pushing the car. The success we had with a low-downforce configuration at Spa also gives us cause for optimism.
"As I've finished second here in both my previous races for McLaren, I'll definitely be going for the win this weekend."