Jenson Button says it is positive that McLaren has been able to match the development rate of the teams around it so far this season.

McLaren started the season with both cars on the podium in the Australian Grand Prix but has since failed to replicate that form, with a double-points finish in Monaco bringing an end to a run of three races without scoring. While Button was pleased that both he and team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished inside the top ten, he said the pace of development that McLaren has shown so far this year is one of the most encouraging aspects for him.

"It was a positive for the whole team to put some points back on the board at Monaco after a difficult few races; 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," Button said. "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."

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With the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, Button is expecting an exciting race and warned McLaren it needs to be able to take advantage of any inclement weather.

"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 Formula 1.

"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 next week."