Jenson Button Japanese Grand Prix preview - "honest and focused" racing required
Jenson Button heads to his "second home" of Suzuka this week in awe of a track he believes keeps drivers "honest and focused".
The Frome Flyer won the Japanese Grand Prix for McLaren in 2011 and the race is still close to his heart.
"My win there remains one of my most emotional victories," said the 33-year-old.
"That is because it was the first Japanese Grand Prix after the terrible tsunami that devastated the north of Japan – it was such an important event for the whole country.
"On most circuits, if you run wide or out-brake yourself, you invariably end up just running on to the tarmac run-off, so you can easily get back on to the track without any penalty.
"At Suzuka, if you run wide through the Esses, or go off the track at the exit of the Degners, you're going to find yourself in the gravel. I like that. It rewards those who don't make mistakes, and it makes for better racing, because you have to stay honest and focused."
Although Button has little chance of repeating his success of two years ago he hopes to build on a sixth consecutive point-scoring finish in Korea last weekend.
"Suzuka requires a car with a rock-solid balance and good downforce in order to go well," said Button.
"We're not quite there with our car but Korea showed that we can race well and, even despite misfortune, can score points. I think the whole team is keyed up for another positive weekend."
Korean Grand Prix report and reaction – page 51.