Button disappointed as McLaren’s record streak ends

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Jenson Button has revealed his frustration over McLaren’s lack of pace at the Canadian Grand Prix after finishing a lowly 12th in the race on Sunday.

With Sergio Perez crossing the line in 11th, the team’s failure to score any points ended McLaren’s record run of scoring in 64 consecutive grands prix. Although Button felt that traffic made his job more difficult, he does not believe that the team could have fared any better.

“This wasn’t the best race for us as a team. It’s particularly tough because this circuit is usually very good to us,” Button said in a team statement.

“With hindsight, I think we’d have been better off starting on the Prime tyre, rather than the option. During my first stint, all the two-stoppers pitted ahead of me, then came back to overtake me, so it was a bit tricky.

“However, we showed today that, irrespective of strategy, we wouldn’t have gone any faster.”

Button said in an interview with the BBC that it was “like racing in a different category”, having been lapped by most of the front runners. McLaren will be keen on making a return to the top ten at their home race in Britain next time out.

Plans revealed for upgraded Circuit Gilles Villeneuve pit complex

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Plans for the upgraded pit and paddock complex at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, have been unveiled ahead of their completion in time for the 2019 Formula 1 race.

The Canadian Grand Prix signed a new long-term F1 contract running to 2029 earlier this year, with a commitment to improving the outdated pit facilities at the circuit, built in 1988.

In a press conference earlier this week, further details and artist renderings were revealed for the CA$48 million project by the Société Parc Jean‑Drapeau.

A new glass structure will become the main pit complex, covering three levels to accommodate the teams, media and hospitality guests.

The construction work will commence at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in July 2018 – one month after next year’s Canadian Grand Prix – and be completed two months prior to the 2019 race.

Photo: Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau
Photo: Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau