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.