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Jenson Button heartened by McLaren’s development

Jun 2, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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McLaren finally returned to the points in Monaco and while its veteran driver Jenson Button believes the Woking team is still looking for form, he sees some good signs.

“It was a positive for the whole team to put some points back on the board at Monaco after a difficult few races,” he said. “We’re obviously still far away from where we want to be, but it’s important that we maintain our aim of continuous development throughout the whole season.

“Although we’re still a long way from the leaders, we’ve matched the general rate of development since the start of the season, which is a positive.”

Button picked up a sixth-place finish on the streets of Monte Carlo, while rookie Kevin Magnussen eked out a points finish with a 10th-place showing.

They’ll take any bit of momentum they can get going into this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, an event that Magnussen hopes will be a smooth one for him.

“It would be nice to have a straightforward weekend after a couple of disappointing technical problems,” he said. “Things didn’t quite go my way in Spain or Monaco – through no fault of my own – so I just want to get my head down, work with my engineers and work on delivering a good result, with no mishaps.

“I think it’ll actually be interesting to see what we can achieve without encountering a problem that sets us back.”

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was the site for one of the team’s most memorable moments in recent years. Three years ago in Montreal, Button endured through torrential rains and a run-in with then-teammate Lewis Hamilton before taking the win from Sebastian Vettel on the final lap.

Button figures that weather may once again have a say in the outcome this weekend.

“In Canada, the weather can always play a key role,” he said. “The forecast currently looks good, but you never know when you pull back the curtains in the morning whether you’re going to be faced with blue skies, or grey clouds and pelting rain. We’ll probably get a bit of both next week.”

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    It would be cool to see Button put a number on Hammy again in Montreal but McLaren doesn’t have the car to make that happen.

    • worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Yup.the Mercedes cars are unbeatable this year and they and everyone else knows it.

      I am happy for Hamilton though.

      What a great decision to move on to Mercedes.

      McLaren had better nut up though.

      They are selling some of the finest street race cars the world has ever seen.

      Can’t let the F1 team look like a mid pack filler team.

      Reflects badly of the product you are selling you know.

    • lewymp4 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Lewis did a number on himself in 2011, because he totally misjudged how slowly Jenson was driving.

    • lewymp4 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Lewis did a number on himself in 2011, because he totally misjudged how slowly that Jenson was driving.

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