21st May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Jenson Button is hoping to see an improved performance in Monaco in comparison to China and Spain.
“I hope we can enjoy a better race than our two previous outings in China and Spain” he said.
“Monaco is such a special case – in every respect – I just hope we can string together a good weekend: we’ll need to get the absolute maximum from the car in qualifying and on the first lap to be in with a chance to put up a fair showing.”
The Briton feels the street circuit will demonstrate the biggest difference between last years cars and this years cars.
“More than any other 2014 race, I think this event will show us the most pronounced difference between ‘old F1’ and the new formula we have.” he said.
“There’s far less of an aerodynamic influence here – it’s just about bolting as much to the car as possible in a bid to find grip – so I think the engine’s influence will be greater.”
Kevin Magnussen, who will be making his debut race in a Formula One car in Monaco this weekend, says that he feels happier in the car and thinks they are making a step in the right direction.
“It’s strange to come away from a grand prix having finished 12th and feel satisfied with my performance.” he said.
“But the Barcelona weekend taught me quite a lot about managing and setting my expectations, and, more importantly, it gave me the best opportunity so far this year to really get to grips with the MP4-29.”
“I’m happier with the car, not just in terms of my own driving, but also with the way I work with my engineers to set it up. We haven’t totally cracked it, but things are going in the right direction.”