Jenson Button hopes to hit ground running at the European Grand Prix

Jenson Button thinks he will be able to hit the ground running at Valencia this weekend after abandoning a car set-up direction that McLaren believes contributed to his recent run of bad form

Jenson Button hopes to hit ground running at the European Grand Prix

The Briton has scored just two points from the last four races, and a particularly disastrous Canadian GP weekend prompted an in-depth investigation back at the factory to work out exactly what has gone wrong.

With the team believing that his set-up path was to blame, and electing to put Button and team-mate Lewis Hamilton on similar settings for this weekend, the man himself is confident that he can get his season back on track.

"Hopefully straight away we will have a good feeling," he said. "I did a lot of laps in the simulator with the set-up that we are going to start with, so I don't feel it is going to be a massive surprise to me, and to be fair a lot of it is quite similar to what we had at the start of the season. But I won't be shocked in any way with the set-up, so we should get on top of it fairly quickly."

Although Button is reluctant to talk in too much detail about why his set-up direction was problematic, he pinpoints changes he made after the Bahrain GP for what happened.

"You do things to the car that you think are correct, and in a normal world they would be," he said. "But after Bahrain, with the issues we had on the rear end with Bahrain, I tried something different and I thought it would help but I am not sure it was the right direction."

Button also believes that he and the team may actually have some positives come out of his recent troubles - because it has allowed McLaren to understand the performance differential between cars quite well.

"Probably having the last race helped us as a team because we had one car that was extremely quick and Lewis did a great job, but we had one driver and one car that wasn't quick," he said.

"When you look at the difference in lap time, there is a lot of useful information to go through. That is probably something Red Bull had in Bahrain, knowing Mark [Webber] finished a lot closer to Seb [Vettel], but their pace was different.

"It is the only way to learn I think at the moment in F1. With the tyres and situation we have, hopefully it will help us as a team to move forward."

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