Button insisted on Thursday that a high grid slot was crucial for the race at the Circuit of The Americas which boasts a signature opening turn as it runs uphill into a blind left-hander.
The 32-year-old, though, was undone in qualifying by McLaren's latest reliability woe as his car lost drive towards the end of the second session.
It means Button will line up in the middle of the pack in 12th, on the dirty side of the grid which has been described as awful by a number of drivers following practice starts.
Looking ahead to what he feels could be a tough day on the track, the 32-year-old said: "Luckily enough I pushed on the one lap I did get in (in Q2), otherwise I would be starting 17th.
"It's a pity to start so far back because the car is fun to drive around here, and I love the first sector. Turns two to nine are fantastic.
"So now we'll see what it's like at turn one in the middle of the pack. It's going to be tricky.
"I was there a couple of races ago and it didn't end well for me - hopefully it won't be the same - so we'll see what we can do."
Button was referring to the fact he lined up 11th in Korea, only to get caught up in a first-corner accident and retire.
If Button does get beyond the first few hundred metres, the rest of the race could be a hard one given the drivers' concerns about the potential lack of overtaking opportunities.
"It's going to be a long day because it's not that easy to overtake here," added Button.
"It doesn't mean we can't overtake as the pace of the car is pretty good.
"We're not as quick as Red Bull, but I don't think there's anybody else quicker than us other than them, so we can still have fun."
That is providing he can also bring his car home in one piece given the number of problems that have occurred of late for both himself and team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
"Reliability is something McLaren don't take lightly," said Button.
"Everybody within the team will definitely feel it, as they do with every issue. We've just got to make sure it doesn't happen again."