McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button admits that it will be tricky for him to score points at the Canadian Grand Prix held this weekend in Montreal.
Talking to the press in the paddock, Button said that the Gilles Villeneuve circuit was not a perfect fit for the McLaren MP-30 Honda.
“In reality, we’re stronger in a high-speed corners,” Button said.
“But scoring 4 points in Monaco was great. We have to enjoy the moment. We’re used to winning, but now we’re not winning. You got to have stepping stones leading you to greater things. Our main goal is to win the world championship, not just winning races. For Honda it was great, as they scored their first points since 2008,” Button delared.
“We gained in performance, true, but we also need to get to the end of the races. It’s a very difficult balancing act,” the Briton added.
‘This circuit is difficult, because it’s low grip, it’s bumpy and we run less downforce than at other circuits. And this year’s super soft tire is actually harder than the one of last year. It’s going to be difficult to get the tires working. These cars have a lot more power than grip. It’s difficult to put the power down. We never had torque in F1 before last year. Here if you go hard on the throttle after the apex, you’ll go straight into the wall,” he explained.
“Last week, I drove a three-year old McLaren on the short Silverstone track and I could not get wheel spin in second gear! Coming you of every corner I would floor it and could not get any wheel spin. In Monaco two weeks ago, going uphill after Ste-Devote in the dry, I was getting wheel spin!” Button declared.
Button said that getting the Pirelli tires to work correctly will be the key to a good performance.
“We will try a few things here. First of all, it’s important to get the tires working. If you get out of the garage with a Monza low-downforce set-up, you’ll never get the tires up to their working temperature. I think Red Bull tried to run with very little downforce here last year. It’s really tricky because it you take too much downforce, your tires will never work,” Button ended.