McLaren: We'll be strong in Montreal

Tuesday 03-June-2014 08:25

Eric Boullier and Jenson Button are both confident that McLaren will produce a strong set of results during this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

McLaren received an upgrade package ahead of last month's Monaco Grand Prix, which helped the Woking outfit to end a run of three straight races without scoring a single point.

That upgrade, along with the long straights and few high-speed corners at the Montreal circuit will play into the hands of Button and his team-mate Kevin Magnussen, according to Boullier.

"We have been bringing upgrades regularly since the beginning of the season, but clearly we had a strong push since Barcelona," Boullier told Autosport.

"In Monaco we had a lot of mechanical upgrades on the car, and the track layout of Canada is high-speed with a lot of straight lines, but with no real high-speed corners, a lot of chicanes and low-speed corners, so it should suit our car and we should be in better shape than we were in Monaco."

Button, meanwhile, believes the main reason McLaren were able to turn around their form in Monaco was because they matched the rate at which the front-runners develop their cars.

"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 told

"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."

The weather in Montreal tends to be somewhat unpredictable and Button believes McLaren need to be able to take advantage of any opportunities that present itself during qualifying and the race.

"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 One," the 2009 World Champion added.

"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."

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