Button: Rate of development a positive
2 June 2014 – Jenson Button has said McLaren can be pleased it has managed to match the 'general rate of development' since the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season, even if the outfit does remain a 'long way from the leaders'.
Button finished sixth in Monaco last time out, a boost of sorts for him and the team after failing to break into the top-ten in the three previous grand's prix.
"It was a positive for the whole team to put some points back on the board at Monaco after a difficult few races," Button 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."
As for this weekend, Button will be hoping for rain in Montreal, something that helped spice things up back in 2011, when he charged back from last to first.
"In Canada, the weather can always play a key role – 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," he predicted.
"[Whatever happens] I really enjoy the Canadian Grand Prix – it's one of those races where everything just feels right.
"The city is fantastic, the fans are friendly, loyal to the sport and incredibly supportive, the track is intense, and the racing is usually pretty hectic. It's a place that simply produces great F1," he concluded.