McLaren shouldn't fear Canada layout - Button

By on Monday, June 6, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Jenson Button says McLaren shouldn't be fearful of the layout of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, as the outfit bids to continue making progress.

McLaren endured one of its worst weekends of 2015 in Canada as the high-speed nature of the circuit did not suit its package, with the weaknesses of Honda's power unit displayed in emphatic fashion.

However, Honda has since made substantial progress and, allied to the strengths of the MP4-31, Button is confident that the operation can enjoy an encouraging weekend.

"Although this is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, and very power-hungry, one of the strengths of our chassis is stability under heavy braking," he said.

"So we shouldn’t be fearful of going to a circuit like this and finding ourselves on the back foot.

"Our development rate is steep and there’s huge work going on behind the scenes to constantly improve the performance of our whole package.

"So I’m excited to see how we perform in Canada, given how different the circuit’s characteristics are compared to Monaco."

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