Button pleased to collect first McLaren points

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015
McLaren Honda

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Jenson Button said he was pleased to collect McLaren's first points of the campaign and insisted eighth position at the Monaco Grand Prix was a surprise.

Button started the race from 10th place and stayed out of trouble to register eighth position, ending McLaren's points drought since its reunion with Honda at the start of 2015.

"It’s been a positive day for us," he said. "We were hoping to score a point today, and we scored four. I certainly didn’t expect to finish eighth.

"At the start I lost a position to Nico [Hulkenberg], but got it back by going around the outside of him at Turn Three on the first lap, which was good fun. Once I got past Pastor [Maldonado], my race was basically about turning qualifying lap after qualifying lap: it was flat-out.

"That was tough – in fact it was pretty physical out there – but I really enjoyed it.

"I’m really happy for the team – we’ve worked hard to get into this position, and they deserve this. We have work to do, but this is a hugely positive step for us."

Team-mate Fernando Alonso retired from the race due to another mechanical issue and insisted he did not deserve a penalty for the contact with Hulkenberg.

"At the start, I don't think I deserved the penalty," he said. "At that particular moment, I don't know what else I could have done.

"Most significantly, it’s a pity we couldn’t finish the race today. The car started to upshift in a really strange way on the lap before I stopped; then, on the first corner, I had no braking. The car stayed in neutral and I couldn’t put it in gear.

"That’s frustrating because we could have had both cars in the point for the first time this season."

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