Button: Small victories important to McLaren


Jenson Button has stressed the importance of small victories and stepping stones for McLaren as the British team continues to move forward following a tough start to the 2015 season.

After switching to Honda power units for the new year, the British team has encountered a number of issues with the new MP4-30 car that made simply finishing a race an achievement.

In Monaco though, Button finished eighth to score McLaren’s first points of the season, and although the result is not one that the team will get too carried away with, the Briton spoke fondly about this success in Montreal on Thursday.

“I think Monaco for us is a stand out race as it is low speed corners, which I think we’re stronger in than high speed corners,” Button said. “Scoring four points six races in, you’ve got to take it and enjoy the moment.

“We’re used to winning but we’re not winning. For us to sit there and go ‘ it doesn’t really mean much unless we’re winning’ – we’ll be depressed for a while if that’s the case.

“You’ve got to have little stepping stones to greater things. Our main goal is to win the world championship but you’ve got to have little goals along the way.

“I think the whole team was very happy with that weekend, especially Honda as it’s their first points in F1 since 2008 and it gave everyone a little confidence boost.”

In spite of the improvements that have been made, McLaren is expected to struggle in Canada this weekend given the importance of straight line speed and power at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. However, Button is remaining optimistic.

“Canada is a great circuit and there’s always action,” Button said. “It’s not a predictable race whatsoever.

“Last year I started the penultimate lap eighth and finished fourth, so anything can happen here and it normally does.

“Who knows what the weekend will throw at us. Obviously there are long straights here but we’ve made some positive improvements but whether it’s enough or not we’ll have to wait and see.”

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,