Button vows to fight on

Date published: June 8 2015

Jenson Button still managed to find some positives after Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, despite enduring a miserable weekend.

The McLaren driver, who missed qualifying due to an ERS related problem, had to start from the pitlane. Engine supplier Honda, furthermore decided to change the power unit in Button's McLaren. This meant he also had to serve a drive-thorough penalty as he could not be demoted further down the grid. 

"It was a difficult day, and for me obviously made more difficult from starting last and having a drive-through. You are sort of out of sequence, the leaders lap you, they pull away and then they pit and they lap you again," he said.

His problems were further compounded by fuel consumption issues with both Button and team-mate Fernando Alonso told to conserve fuel on numerous occasions.

"One of our biggest issues was fuel saving around the lap, and then you lose tyre temperatures as well. The pace on the actual old soft tyres was not too bad. If you don't have the straight-line speed, you use more fuel because you're on the straight for longer and using full throttle." 

Button and Alonso were eventually forced to retire their MP4-30s due to unrelated exhaust issues with the Briton returning to the McLaren garage on lap 57. 

Despite all the setbacks that the team continue to face, Button maintains that the Woking based operation are making progress and that they will continue to push on. 

"It's unfair to say it's been a bad season except for Monaco because we've been improving almost every race with at least one of the cars," he said.

"It was always going to be tough for us here because of the lay-out of the circuit. Hopefully we'll be back on track in Austria where we'll have some updates.

"We're a long way behind the other teams in terms of development with the power unit, also the philosophy behind our car, but if you don't take a stab at it at the start of the season with a new project like this, you're never going to fight the top guys."