It was another point’s finish for Jenson Button, and a double point’s score for the McLaren F1 team in Monaco last time out, an excellent result considering their current struggles, especially with tyre management.
Development is moving quickly for the McLaren Honda team and so although the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is not necessarily a track that will suit the characteristics of the MP4-31, Button is still excited to see how they perform in Canada this weekend.
“Canada is definitely considered a classic on the F1 calendar. It’s a fantastic city and I love going there every year.
“It’s always a mightily unpredictable race – the weather conditions, the high walls, the narrow track, the slippery surfaces – it really sorts the men from the boys.
“Although Monaco is an adopted home for me, the race weekend there is always a massive whirlwind, so heading to Canada will be a completely different feeling, and I’m looking forward to the relaxed atmosphere there.
“We had good reliability in Monaco, and both Fernando and I managed to keep it on the black stuff in some pretty crazy conditions, so I’m hoping the weather will throw up a few surprises and we can get stuck in on track.”
The Montreal track is a favourite of the Brit, and many will remember his fantastic victory there in 2011, when the 2009 world champion went from the back of the field to win the race on a drying track. It was an outstanding display from one of F1’s most strategic drivers, and one of the finest comebacks that he and F1 fans around the world will never forget!
Montreal will definitely be a tough track for the MP4-31 to master, but the Woking based squad will look to maximise their package as best they can, and push for points on Sunday.