Jenson Button has warned that he and McLaren won't be underestimating the challenge posed by the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve following his their first points of the season in Monaco.
As expected, the high downforce Monaco circuit suited the McLaren-Honda fairly well, with Button bringing it home for an eighth place finish, while Fernando Alonso retired from ninth.
However, with the Canadian Grand Prix venue favouring a low downforce set-up, Button admits it will be tough for the still-developing MP4-30 to prove similarly as competitive, even if the Canadian race is known for its unpredictability.
“The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve requires good top speed, so we can't underestimate the challenge, but anything can happen there – and usually does – so we'll be getting stuck in right from the word go.”
Looking back at Monaco, Button says the result has provided a big boost to the McLaren team and is spurring it on for even better in the coming races.
“Getting points on the board has been really positive and shows that we're continuing to make big strides, but, if anything, it's spurred us on even more to keep pushing until we reach where we want to be.
“Fernando hasn't had much luck in the last few races so we all need to keep our heads down and keep fighting to make sure we get both cars to the flag."