Formula One: Button aims to sew up some points in Singapore Grand Prix

McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button speaks to The Straits Times at Conrad Centennial hotel on Sept 16, 2015.
McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button speaks to The Straits Times at Conrad Centennial hotel on Sept 16, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - With just six points scored in the 2015 Formula One season, McLaren driver Jenson Button believes the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix this weekend could represent a turnaround in fortunes for the 2009 world champion.

Speaking to The Straits Times on Wednesday (Sept 16) afternoon at an event for the team's technology partner and race fuel lubricant sponsor ExxonMobil, the Briton is targeting points to add to the six he collected so far by finishing ninth in Hungary and eighth in Monaco.

"We need to aim for points," he intoned.

"There are three teams who are too far ahead but for the rest, there is all to play for. We want to aim high, to finish seventh.

"It has been very tough for the whole team. We are so used to winning, fighting for wins. Suddenly, we are at the back and it has been very difficult. But the atmosphere (in the team) is good although it is difficult to see that on the circuit. What's important is that we see progress being made."

And the 35-year-old feels that his McLaren MP4-30 chariot, which has suffered power unit problems from its Honda engines, is suited to the twisting corners and slower speed of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Button said: "This is a very low speed track, so we need as much downforce as we can. But we will still need power as there are lots of straights.

"We've had problems with the deployment of the electricals (ERS), that's 160 horsepower. If we can get it fixed, that will be a good boost."

meng@sph.com.sg