A grand prix drivers’ first grand win is always a special occasion, and for Jenson Button the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix will forever be etched in his memory, as it was there that he scored his first of 15 Formula 1 career race wins, but this time around he does not believe that he is in with a chance of winning.
Speaking ahead of this year’s edition of the race Button declared, “Of course, a win in 2013 is going to be difficult, but I actually think the team is working very well right now: in Germany, our tyre-usage, strategy and management of the race was as good as it’s ever been.”
The McLaren MP4-28 – one of the worst F1 cars to come out of Woking – was so bad ‘out of the box’ that the team seriously contemplated ditching and bringing back last year’s more effective MP4-27, and the 2009 world champion hints that a slightly more effective piece of kit whith which to ply his trade with would make a difference.
“It would be good to have a car with a little more pace to enable those calls to have a bit more impact at the front of the pack, but, for the moment, we can be satisfied by doing the best possible job in qualifying and on Sunday afternoon,” said Button.
He went on to recall his maiden grand prix victory in 2006 driving for Honda, “That was one of those days when everything went right, the car was a dream to drive and I just brought it home. Every victory in Formula 1 is special, but that’s right up there as one of my favourite days in the car.”
Button also won for McLaren two years ago and obviously has a soft spot for the venue in Mogyoród, near Budapest, “Great circuit, great place. I have so many positive memories of racing at the Hungaroring – obviously, I won my first grand prix there back in 2006, which was incredibly emotional – and also feels such a long time ago now! – and I also won my 200th race there back in 2011.” (GP247)
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