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Button hoping for improved performance in Monaco

The Briton says Monaco will show the biggest difference between the 2013 and 2014 cars.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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.”

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