McLaren winless for first time in three years
9 June 2013 – Having won the Canadian Grand Prix for the past three campaigns, McLaren failed to register a single point at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Sunday afternoon, with drivers Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button finishing 11th and 12th respectively.
The result also marks the first time the Woking-based outfit has been unable to score a point since the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, during which Lewis Hamilton retired with a brake issue and Heikki Kovalainen crossed the line in 11th position.
"This wasn’t the best race for us as a team," explained Button. "It’s particularly tough because this circuit is usually very good to us. With hindsight, I think we’d have been better off starting on the Prime tyre, rather than the Option. During my first stint, all the two-stoppers pitted ahead of me, then came back to overtake me, so it was tricky."
"Our car tends to work better on fast and flowing circuits – such as Malaysia or China – so I’m looking forward to my home race at Silverstone at the end of the month. We tried some new parts this weekend, but they weren’t really suited for this type of circuit – they should work better at Silverstone, so I’m feeling positive about the future."
Pérez added: "This wasn’t the race we were hoping to have. We tried our best to try and score a few points, but it was impossible to do any better than we did out there today. It’s a pity, because the car felt quite good during our installation laps. But the car didn’t work that well on the Option tyre, and we struggled to find enough grip."