Button: Testing 2017 auto in Bahrain would've been "useless"

I think as long as you understand where the vehicle is working, and running through today - those are the things you need to understand and those are the things you can do in the simulator.

"If I get to Turn 2 and I feel totally out of my depth, I will drive off into the sunset and not come back", Button, 37, told reporters on Monday, smiling as he said it. I've been teammates with Fernando for a couple of years and raced against Fernando for many more years than that. Actually it was probably more the reaction to the media being right next to him every second that he was out of the auto - that was the bit I loved watching the most, because we all know how Fernando loves the media.

Button has yet to experience the MCL32 on track after turning down the opportunity to run during the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, but after spending time in the simulator at the McLaren factory he feels ready for the weekend.

"It is about use of data and there are a couple of things that are very hard to get right in the simulator - one is oversteer, especially on entry". I'll obviously get in the auto and do the best job I can, that's what I'm here to do.

"Preparation for Monaco is a little different, you definitely build up a little bit slower throughout the weekend and pace yourself".

Jenson Button says he was surprised to see Fernando Alonso take up the challenge of racing in the Indy 500 and would rather race in NASCAR himself. I'm not a parent, but I know a lot of people who are and I think that's what hits home the most, how heartless certain people can be.

"From a trackside point of view, we'll be bringing more updates to the auto this weekend, which we hope will return positive feedback to mirror what we saw in Spain".

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. Nobody wants a racing driver that doesn't want to drive. Both of us love driving on this circuit and I hope it'll be the best opportunity for us on track so far this season.

"Yes, I will watch that race", he said. My neck will be a bit sore after Thursday but we have Friday off and Mikey "Muscles" (Collier), my physio, is back for one weekend. It's an exciting challenge, and that's what it's all about, it's what we're here for.

He added: "I'm still an ambassador and this weekend I have the opportunity to race the vehicle. Really looking forward to it".