Jenson Button to use Lewis Hamilton's McLaren settings at European Grand Prix
Jenson Button is ready to follow team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s lead in a bid to solve his Formula One on-track crisis.
Button heads into Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Valencia hoping to bring an end to his woes, after collecting just two points from the last four races.
After the last race in Canada 12 days ago, the McLaren driver was bereft of ideas as to where it had all gone wrong, admitting to feeling “confused and very lost”.
Trailing Montreal winner Hamilton by 43 points, it is now a case of back to the drawing board for Button.
The 32-year-old from Somerset said: “I guess the first thing you do is set up the car like the other car, and that’s what we’ll do initially.
“There will be settings that Lewis prefers more than anybody else does, because that’s how he sets it up.
“I won’t be as quick as him on those settings, but then we can work from there and find a set-up that works for me.”
For now, Button can only draw on the positives, appreciating it was just three months ago he triumphed in the season-opener in Australia.
“I’ve won a race this year, won many races before, and that’s where I feel I should be,” said Button.
“You do have bad races, so it becomes about pulling together and working out the reasons, and we will.”
After spending a day at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, last week in an initial effort to crack the problems, Button is at least not short on confidence ahead of this weekend’s event at the Valencia Street Circuit.
“I know just how strong the team can be, and Valencia is a track I really enjoy,” said Button. “I’ve already won on a street circuit this year [in Melbourne] so I’m optimistic about having a great weekend, and picking up the momentum again in the title fight.”