Jenson Button elated with fourth place in Canada

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Jenson Button has come away from the Canadian Grand Prix weekend with a smile on his face and 12 points in his back pocket after finishing yesterday’s race in fourth place.

The McLaren driver had qualified down in ninth, and believed that the team would struggle in the hot conditions on race day in Montreal. However, he put in a fine display to come home in fourth place – a result made all the more impressive by the fact that he was running eighth with just three laps to go.

Button managed to fight his way past Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg on track in the dying stages of the race, before benefitting from the crash between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez on the final lap at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“I had a little dice with Fernando and Nico,” Button explained. “Fernando almost hit Nico at the hairpin, and had to dive down the inside. Then they both ran wide and I got down the inside of both of them.

“On the final lap you never want to see an accident like Felipe and Checo’s, but fortunately they both got out of their cars okay, which was good.

“We come out of this weekend knowing that there’s a better overall feel to our car. It’s encouraging that we’re making progress. In a straightforward race, I wouldn’t have finished fourth, but we did a good job today and ought to be happy. These points are helpful, and they’ll spur us on to do another good job in Austria.”

Button’s teammate, Kevin Magnussen, managed to squeeze into the top ten thanks to the accident, and was classified ninth when the checkered flag fell. The Dane has struggled ever since his stunning charge to second place on debut in Australia back in March. Following this 18 point haul, he has scored just five in the past six races.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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