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75th Grand Prix de Monaco F1

25 - 28 May 2017

Jenson Button : "Great to be back"

Published on 25 May 2017

What do you feel to come back here in Monaco ?
It’s great to be back, good to see so many faces I haven’t seen for six months. The preparation has been good apart from the fact that I haven’t obviously driven the car. I spent a lot of time in the simulator getting a feel for the new F1. I have to learn some small things but it’s still a racing car.

Monaco is probably the McLaren’s best chance of scoring some points. Do you feel pressure for the team?
Definitely not. I’m very relaxed, very excited. It’s interesting coming back for one Grand Prix. It being Monaco it’s very special. I’ve won here before, I’ve lived here for 17 years. But I don’t feel any pressure. I will obviously get in the car and I will do the best job I can for the team.

What can you expect this week-end?
The car seemed to be working well in Barcelona in qualifying. Fernando did a good job. I think it still proves that the car itself is working well. I drove the upgrade in the simulator. It was definitely an improvement. If it’s all straightforward this week-end, we should be reasonably competitive.