World Championship leader Jenson Button says the glamour of Monaco will hold no special attraction for him this year -- after confessing success this season has turned him into a "right boring bastard."
Button was famously lambasted several years ago by then team boss Flavio Briatore for parking his yacht right outside the paddock – amid accusations he was more interested in enjoying himself than success on track. But on the back of a transformation in his fortunes with Brawn, winning four of the first five races of the season, Button says life is much less interesting at the moment.
"I'm probably a right boring bastard at the moment, I really am," said Button during a media briefing on Wednesday in Monaco. "My girlfriend will tell me when she turns up tomorrow.
"It's different because things are going well and you want to be thinking about how you can improve. When things aren't going so well, you know you need to improve the car and where you are, but you also need to get away from the racing, to forget about it for a few days. At the moment, that's not possible."
Button says his thoughts are currently dominated all the time by the next race on the calendar – which gives him little chance to sit back and relax.
"I come here very confident in the team, the car and myself. I'm really looking to getting out on the circuit," he said. "But this season is weird because after the last couple of races I've won. I've obviously enjoyed the weekend, but I wake up on a Monday morning and I'm already thinking about the next race.
"It's quite a strange feeling, very different to the rest of my Formula 1 career, winning four races out of five, but you do get used to it very quickly. I will never forget how difficult it can get, how tough it can get, but when you're winning, finishing second is a disappointment.
"So you have to learn to think it's not a disappointment, that it's not a bad result, otherwise you could go mad. Over the last few weeks, I've been non-stop thinking about the next race, running through it in my mind, getting all the data. It's been quite a stressful few weeks, you wouldn't think so, but it is more stressful."
And although the Monaco Grand Prix is the most prestigious event on the calendar, Button says he would actually prefer to win on home turf at Silverstone than succeed here.
"It would be great to win here, but for me the most exciting race to win would be my home grand prix, for atmosphere's sake, with the British fans," he said. "You would hope at your home grand prix you've got more fans there than any other, so Silverstone would be the most special.
"Monaco is up there, and it's such a unique circuit, it's very different to anything else. You win here and it doesn't mean you're going to win the championship, but there's nothing else like this circuit. It's a fun circuit to drive and when you cross the line at the end of this race, it's a bonus in a way.
"Every lap is 100 per cent around here. You have to be totally focused and as precise as possible, but also with aggression. So winning here would be pretty special, and when you cross the line it's just a feeling of relief.
"Afterwards you are so tired, mentally and physically drained around here, so that would make it extra special."