- European Grand Prix
Button sees strong chance of hat-trick in Valencia
Jenson Button is hoping that the momentum gained by winning the last two races in Turkey and Canada will give his McLaren team the impetus for a hat-trick of wins in Valencia.
"As a team, we've taken maximum points in the last two races and it feels like we've really gathered considerable momentum," said Button. "The team really is functioning as a single unit, so I think we head into Valencia next weekend hopeful of being able to once again capitalise on that determination and ambition."
Button also expects the characteristics of the Valencia street circuit, a mix of long straights and tight corners, to play to the strengths of his McLaren.
"Even though it's a street circuit, it's got quite a different feel to other street tracks like Monte-Carlo or Singapore. For a start, it's quite a bit faster - there are some low-speed corners with some fairly unforgiving walls at the apex, but there are also some high-speed changes of direction and some long straights, so it's quite an interesting place set-up-wise. It's not as if you completely rely on downforce, there's a trade-off, and that should suit our package."
Win or lose in Valencia, Button is looking forward to the two-week break before the British Grand Prix, as he will get the chance to drive Alain Prost's classic McLaren MP4/2C at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
"Valencia is also the final race before two important stop-offs in the UK: our home race at Silverstone and, before that, the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Both are events where the British fans will be out in force. And, as world champion, I'm looking forward to both events.
"Silverstone will be an incredible experience, and I get to achieve a childhood dream of driving one of Alain Prost's classic McLarens, the MP4/2C, at Goodwood. Sometimes, I can't believe how lucky I am."