Jenson Button expects the 2013 McLaren to suit him more than this year's car
2009 World Champ is "excited" about his prospects next season
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 16/11/12 3:51pm
Although the Briton has claimed two victories so far this campaign, he is already guaranteed to finish with fewer points in the championship than at the end of both of his two previous two years with the Woking team.
Indeed, the 2009 World Champion duly admitted to the British press last week that the 2012 car was the "worst" of the three McLarens he had driven.
Elaborating on those thoughts to Sky Sports News ahead of this weekend's penultimate round in the United States, which will be exclusively live on Sky Sports F1, Button acknowledged that while the MP4-27 had shown itself to be a very competitive package overall, it just hadn't worked out for him. However, Button isn't expecting the same problem to affect him next season.
"For me this year has been more difficult than the last two years," he said.
"The car is quick, we've proved that on many occasions. But for consistency for me it's been a little bit more difficult to get the results. The car next year should suit me a bit more, which I'm very excited about."
With their hopes of winning either World Championship mathematically ended last time out in Abu Dhabi, McLaren's main aim over the final two weeks of the season is to claim victories in both Austin and Brazil in order to beat Ferrari to the runner-up position in the Constructors' Championship.
With the American venue a new challenge for the whole grid, Button thinks McLaren could have a small early advantage due to the fact their simulator is one of the most advanced in F1 - although he nonetheless expects the usual suspects to challenge for victory come Sunday.
"If anyone knows [the track], probably we're the ones that know the best because probably our simulator is the best on the grid," he added.
"We have a good feeling for the circuit. It's very tough on the cars and the tyres - especially the first sector. Turn one to turn nine is very fast and it's just changes of direction all the way through.
"Our car seems to work well in that environment, and then you've got a lot of slow corners towards the end of the lap.
"We should be competitive here but I'm sure Red Bull will be, I'm sure Ferrari will be and Lotus. So it be a competitive race and that's what we want as well - we don't want one person to go away [at the front] and win this grand prix.