Jenson Button hoping for problem-free preparation ahead of German Grand Prix
Jenson Button is desperate for a problem-free build-up to what he sees as a vitally important week in Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Formula 1 season.
Back-to-back Grand Prix in Germany and Hungary on July 22 and 29 are the final two races before the summer break.
And with the disappointment of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone still fresh in the mind, Button, from Frome, is determined to put things right.
“The final back-to-back before we head into the summer break will be important for the whole team", said Button.
"Coming off the back of a couple of disappointing weekends, it’s important that we capitalise on the opportunities available in Germany and Hungary.
“I’ve always enjoyed Hockenheim. I raced here when it blasted through the forests – a long time ago – and I had a great race here in 2004, finishing second, despite starting back in 13th after a penalty for an engine failure in practice.
"It’s a circuit where you can attack, it’s good for racing and the newer layout is better for the spectators, too.
“Performance-wise, I still think it’s difficult to accurately predict where we stand in the competitive order – Valencia and Silverstone were certainly difficult races for us, but I don’t think they were truly representative of our pace.
"This year, you really need a problem-free build-up to the race if you’re going to maximise the car’s potential – and that’s exactly what we’ll be hoping for in Germany next weekend.”