Button gave dogs casting vote on F1 return

"As long as you understand where the vehicle is working, and I've had every bit of information, set-up work, how it reacts".

Button conceded one drawback to his return is that he has not actually driven McLaren's current vehicle, the MCL32, in real life, with simulator work at the team's factory proving to be his sole means of acclimatisation to 2017-spec F1. I raced there in GP2 for three years, and also in World Series by Renault, so I know it pretty well and enjoy driving there. Obviously as drivers we love the simulator, so I was raring to go.

Asked if he hesitated in accepting McLaren's request for him to drive this weekend, Button added: "I asked my dogs, they said we can be without you for a week or so".

"I'm looking forward to stepping back behind the wheel for one of the most insane, unpredictable and exciting races of the year", the Briton added.

"A few things to learn but it's still a racing auto, just got to get used to it being a bit wider". I'll obviously get in the auto and do the best job I can, that's what I'm here to do. "I want to be competitive - getting the best out of yourself and the team and the equipment, that hasn't changed". I drove in the simulator, I drove the upgrade, which is working well. But with Alonso missing Monaco to compete at the Indianapolis 500, Button has been drafted in to replace him.

Button was offered the chance to test the McLaren-Honda MCL32 auto following last month's Bahrain Grand Prix, but opted against doing so, meaning his first running in the new-style 2017 vehicle will come on Thursday in Monaco's opening practice session.

He is returning for the showcase race as a replacement for Spanish driver Fernando Alonso.

"In the famous Monaco paddock, we welcome the return of Jenson, who we are all looking forward to working with again, and who is already doing a sterling job deputizing for Fernando, having already completed stints in our simulator in preparation", he said. "If it is all straightforward this weekend, we should be reasonable".

"You've got to be ready".

"I think the project is a bit more complex, and a lot of energy and expense is needed to make it successful and it's going to be successful soon. Just got to get used to it being a bit wider". It's an exciting challenge, and that's what it's all about, it's what we're here for.

"Despite our result [in Spain], we're encouraged by the progress we're making, and hope in Monaco we'll have the opportunity to execute a more representative performance than those we've managed in recent races". "Really looking forward to it".

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