Monday 23 April 2018

F1: Button looks for some zip in bid to catch up on Alonso

Tom Cary in Montreal

Montreal's students have been happy to let it all hang out here this week, staging a 'grande manufestation' in the centre of town on Thursday night in protest at a planned hike in tuition fees. Formula One fans and staff looked on amused, if a little bewildered, as hundreds of youngsters trooped past in the buff.

For Jenson Button, the overriding concern this weekend is to avoid exposing himself further still. Having made such a strong start to the season, winning the first race in Australia, the McLaren man has slipped 31 points behind Ferrari's championship leader Fernando Alonso.

With 14 races to go, such a deficit is easily recoverable. The trouble is Button has five other rivals between himself and the Spaniard. If he loses much more ground he is going to need quite a few people to slip up, on top of posting race wins himself. While Button has tried to put a positive spin on things, the 32-year-old did acknowledge the need to turn his fortunes around.

"I need to score some good points this weekend to get it back on track," he said. "It just hasn't gone my way, or the team's way, in the last few races, but that will turn."

Canada was the scene of arguably Button's greatest-ever triumph last year; a four-hour epic in torrential rain during which he came through from last to first, passing Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on the final lap. Button even admitted to watching videos of that race in the build-up to this one to inspire himself.

Qualifying has been a problem for Button recently and he has targeted an improvement in that area this afternoon. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets in a morning session notable for a large crash suffered by Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen and the presence of various animals on track. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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