Frome Flyer Jenson Button aims to challenge faster rivals at Indian Grand Prix
Jenson Button knows that he is likely to be fighting for the minor points at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix but hopes to surprise some of his faster rivals.
With only one top-five finish this season but having picked up points in all but three of the 15 races so far, the Frome Flyer has struggled to break the dominance of the leading teams.
However, he has been encouraged by recent performances and is optimistic of overcoming some of the drivers who have tended to finish ahead of him this year.
"The last few races have shown that, realistically, we'll once again be fighting for the minor points," he said.
"Still, I enjoyed my races in Korea and particularly Japan – where it was both satisfying and unusual to be armed with fresh tyres and able to pick off cars on older rubber, as opposed to the other way round – so I'll be looking to take the fight to some of the faster cars once again next weekend."
Having had problems with the balance of the car in Japan, Button knows that it is vital to get the set-up correct this time.
And a good start could be crucial as there are few places on the Buddh International Circuit which provide a good opportunity to overtake.
"This is such a great racetrack – it's fast, flowing and challenging," said Button.
"It's pretty technical too, which is quite unusual for a fast circuit, but the flow from one corner to the next means that positioning the car is quite critical if you don't want to fall out of the rhythm and lose time.
"Track positioning is also important because several areas of the circuit are extremely wide, and narrow down from corner-entry to exit.
"The long back straight will once again make it important to balance the car's gearing and downforce for maximum speed with DRS.
"That straight, and the braking zone into turn four, are probably the most straightforward places on the circuit upon which to overtake.
"In fact, the rest of the circuit is quite fast, with only a single racing line, so trying to get past during the rest of the lap is pretty tricky."