Button brushes aside London GP hoopla to seek patriotic victory at Silverstone
21:32 GMT, 1 July 2012
After the virtual insanity of the London Grand Prix, attention has switched to the serious business of winning on British soil for real.
Jenson Button, along with McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, has spoken out on the benefit of having his commitments to his team's army of sponsors cut back in the run up to the most important race on the calendar for a British driver.
Vroom for improvement: Button wants to end his Silverstone hoodoo
But on Thursday night Button was doing his promotional bit for the Spanish bank that dreamed up the idea of a race around the capital's streets essentially as a way of drawing attention to the fact it is the title sponsor of the real race at Silverstone.
Never in the wildest dreams could they have predicted the PR stunt would be given such exposure thanks to Bernie Ecclestone's cute manoeuvre of jumping on the bandwagon just as a German banker was being sentenced to eight-and-half years for accepting bribes from the Formula One supremo.
Ecclestone didn't bother to turn up at Thursday's 'launch' of a CGI race around the capital which Button himself described as 'hypothetical'.
Interesting concept: Hamilton (left) and Button attend the launch of the London Grand Prix
Since then, Button has spent a day in the simulator at McLaren's Woking headquarters before heading back to his Monaco home for a weekend of rest and relaxation ahead of the main event.
Having witnessed the euphoria drummed up by British wins at Silverstone like that of Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard and even his teammate Hamilton, Button is only too aware you do not need to have driven past Buckingham Palace to whip up an outpouring of national pride.
It is the black stuff and not the backdrop which really counts and there is no better feeling for a Formula One driver than knowing they have mastered a track steeped in true motor racing history such as Silverstone.
But just as the London Grand Prix PR team were eager to tap into the sense of national pride brought on mainly by the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics this summer, so Button is desperate to be a part of the celebrations by ending his British Grand Prix hoodoo which has seen him fail even to make the podium in 12 previous attempts.
Home comfort: Lewis Hamilton after winning his first home Grand Prix at Silverstone
'It is a massive year for the UK with the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics,' said Button.
'It will be a very special year to stand at the top of the podium as winner of the British Grand Prix.
'Although we race for a team, most drivers are very patriotic and they do want to succeed in their home grand prix for themselves but also for their fellow countrymen.
'I have imagined it many times, I am sure it feels very special because you see the fans excited and celebrating with you.'
Button was treated to a timely reminder of just how special that feeling is as Spaniard Fernando Alonso crossed the line first last time out at the European Grand Prix held in Valencia to claim a spectacular win.
After wiping away tears from his eyes, Alonso claimed his win was, 'Probably the best victory I have ever felt in terms of emotions. Nothing maybe compares to this one.'
Asked to recall the last time he cried after a race, Button, in reference to his poor recent run which has brought just six points from five grand prix, quipped: 'After the last few races I have had.'
Friends and rivals: Button (left) and Hamilton hoping for patriotic success in Diamond Jubilee year
But the 2009 world champion admitted should he, at long last, make the top step in the British Grand Prix he may just succumb like Alonso.
'If I win at Silverstone, I will get really emotional,' said Button.
'It will mean so much more. That was what it felt like after winning the world championship after so many years trying to get the right car and the right team. It meant so much. I'm not sure I will be blubbing like a girl, but I will be emotional.'
After so many seasons of disappointment on home turf Button, who will stay in his plush motorhome on a Silverstone campsite next weekend, has understandably not made any plans for a victory celebration.
'You don't book celebratory parties, like you don't take a black tie outfit to Monaco,' said Button in reference to the gala dinner with the principality's Prince for the winner in Monte Carlo.
'It would be all back to mine, we will just have to go wild in the paddock!'
It promises to be quite some shindig if he pulls it off.
After imagining what it would be like driving a Formula One car around London's streets, what Button wants more than anything else is to know what it feels like to win around Silverstone for real.