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.