Pace of development encouraging - Button
Jenson Button admits he is encouraged by the fact McLaren has matched the development rate of the teams around it on the grid this season.
Since seeing both cars finish on the podium in Australia McLaren's form has dropped off, though the double-points finish in Monaco ended three straight scoreless races for the team. After spending the two previous races fighting for scraps outside of the points it was refreshing for Button to see an improvement in Monaco, something he thinks is proof the team is developing at a healthy rate this season.
"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."
Canada is the scene of one of Button's most memorable victories in 2011, a race where the rain ultimately played a decisive part, something he says McLaren needs to be ready for again this year.
"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.
"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."