PETALING JAYA: British driver Jenson Button is hoping to stay above the heat and clock another good outing for BAR Honda in the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix race at the Sepang F1 Circuit this weekend.
The team posted a respectable showing in the season's opening race in Melbourne last week with both cars finishing inside the top 10.
Button finished sixth place to claim three points for BAR and his Japanese teammate, Takuma Sato, finished just rung out of the points in ninth position.
The team even finished ahead of the more fancied McLaren Mercedes and while it is still in early days, Button is looking ahead to the Malaysian round.
“It is great to be already on the scoreboard. After the encouraging start in Melbourne, the Malaysian GP is looking good for us,” said Button via e-mail.
“We will be in Sepang with an even better package and there is no reason to think we can't qualify and race well again.”
Button, who turned 24 two months ago, puts Sepang as one of his favourite tracks.
Which is no surprising as he has secured points finishes in the last two seasons.
This will be his fifth full season for Button in F1.
He made his debut with BMW Williams in 2000 but joined the Renault team the following year.
“The Sepang circuit is really enjoyable and it has a lot of quick, flowing corners and some really fast straights,” he said.
“The heat and high humidity can prove troubling but I have done well there in the past here ... I think I can handle it.”
Button will take comfort from his previous performances in Malaysia.
“I finished seventh last year (for two points) and in the year before that I just missed out on a podium finish (fourth place for five points),” he said.
“It has given me confidence that the car was so reliable in the first race (in Melbourne). To get three points was great. There were only two races during last season where I got more than three points and I hope to achieve this more consistently now that we have a good package.”
Button finished ninth with a total of 17 points in the drivers' standings last year while BAR Honda finished fifth in the constructors' standings with 26 points.