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Jenson Button elated with fourth place in Canada

Jun 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Jenson Button has come away from the Canadian Grand Prix weekend with a smile on his face and 12 points in his back pocket after finishing yesterday’s race in fourth place.

The McLaren driver had qualified down in ninth, and believed that the team would struggle in the hot conditions on race day in Montreal. However, he put in a fine display to come home in fourth place – a result made all the more impressive by the fact that he was running eighth with just three laps to go.

Button managed to fight his way past Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg on track in the dying stages of the race, before benefitting from the crash between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez on the final lap at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“I had a little dice with Fernando and Nico,” Button explained. “Fernando almost hit Nico at the hairpin, and had to dive down the inside. Then they both ran wide and I got down the inside of both of them.

“On the final lap you never want to see an accident like Felipe and Checo’s, but fortunately they both got out of their cars okay, which was good.

“We come out of this weekend knowing that there’s a better overall feel to our car. It’s encouraging that we’re making progress. In a straightforward race, I wouldn’t have finished fourth, but we did a good job today and ought to be happy. These points are helpful, and they’ll spur us on to do another good job in Austria.”

Button’s teammate, Kevin Magnussen, managed to squeeze into the top ten thanks to the accident, and was classified ninth when the checkered flag fell. The Dane has struggled ever since his stunning charge to second place on debut in Australia back in March. Following this 18 point haul, he has scored just five in the past six races.

  1. testover6370 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I find it disappointing when a non-podium finish is STILL considered a good result for McLaren especially when two positions were gifted by a crash. McLaren needs to start winning.

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    McLaren and Ferrari know they have a lot of work to do just to get towards the front of the grid. F1 is the most technically advanced form of motorsport in the world with literally hundreds of the brightest engineers in the business. Barring old fashion luck, both McLaren and Ferrari have acknowledged it will take at least months if not years to get back to winning races or at least being able to challenge for a race win.

    Mercedes is still almost a second ahead of the pact with Red B.S. Racing being perhaps 6-7 tenths behind. While Ricciardo has been driving brilliantly all year, he would not have won were it not for Mercedes having mechanical problems.

    I would not expect much from McLaren or Ferrari until at least 2015 where they will both have new cars. Unfortunately McLaren will have a new engine/power unit also and unless it is stellar in performance – and it may be, Honda will need to go through a lot of the “learning curve” that Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari are doing with their PU.

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