McLaren makes a much-needed return to the points in Monaco

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After a three race run without any points, McLaren has finally made a return to the top ten in Monaco today with Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen both adding to their totals.

Button crossed the line in sixth place after a race-long battle with Nico Hulkenberg and his teammate, Magnussen. The Dane was subject to a brilliant overtake by Button at Sainte Devote towards the end of the race, and then fell into the clutches of Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn had been poised to finish on the podium until a run-in with a backmarker forced him to make an unplanned pit stop, dropping him down the order.

However, Raikkonen tried an opportunistic move at the Loews hairpin, and paid the price when both he and Magnussen finished in the wall. Both managed to recover and continue, but the Finn had to pit for a third time for a new nosecone. He eventually finished the race in 12th place with the fastest lap.

Magnussen managed to continue, though, and brought his McLaren home in 10th place to pick up the final point on offer.

Although the combined haul of nine points will raise a smile at McLaren, it is unlikely to get them jumping for joy. After scoring a memorable double-podium at the opening round in Australia, the team has since appeared to return to the rut it was in throughout 2013, where it went for an entire year without a top three finish.

Both Button and Magnussen will be hoping to build on their results at the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”