Button hoping to break luckless streak in Korea

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Jenson Button is hoping to end his run of bad form at the Korean Grand Prix next weekend following three difficult outings in Yeongam over the past three years.

The Briton has finished in the points just once at the Korean International Circuit, coming fourth in 2011 as Sebastian Vettel romped home to take an easy win. However, despite not appearing to be a fan of the grand prix, Button insists that these hardships have only spurred him on to perform even better this time around.

“If there’s one circuit on the F1 calendar that hasn’t been particularly kind to me, then it’s the track in Korea,” Button said. “I had a pretty tough race there in 2010, an average race there in 2011, and I didn’t even have a race there last year – someone smashed into me at turn three on the first lap, and my race was over.”

Button is keen on impressing in Korea following a difficult season that has seen McLaren fail to finish any higher than fifth in a race, leaving the team facing the prospect of a winless year for the first time since 2006.

“Of course, it would be easy for that to make your head drop, but, in fact, the opposite is true: I travel to Korea next week even more determined than normal to reverse the trend, get the absolute maximum from the car and get a good result.”

Button ran well in Singapore last weekend, lying as high as P3 before his tires faded to allow Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to pass him late on. Eventually, the Briton came home in P7.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.