McLaren-Honda scored its first points of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday 24th May, with an eighth place finish for Jenson Button.
Starting from tenth, Jenson drove a typically unruffled race to eighth, earning the team four points. In fact, Jenson was never out of the top ten all afternoon; he moved past Pastor Maldonado when the Lotus driver encountered brake issues, then jumped Max Verstappen when the Dutchman was delayed in the pits.
The late-race Safety Car offered the opportunity to catch Sergio Perez, but he was unable to generate enough temperature in the tyres to mount a sustained challenge to the flag.
Following the positive result, Jenson said:
“I’m really happy for the team – we’ve worked hard to get into this position, and they deserve this. We have work to do, but this is a hugely positive step for us.”
“We were in the points in Monaco, not through luck but because we had pace. Hopefully we can carry it forward for the next few races.”
Jenson took to Twitter a few days later to make clear his feelings about the race:
"Finally I've been able to jump on Twitter after a busy few days. Points yay!!! A small step towards our final goal, #Winning."
Eric Boullier, Racing director at McLaren-Honda said of the performance:
“Since the beginning of the season we’ve been consistent in our messaging: we’re all working extremely hard, and the result of that arduous toil is steady improvement.”
“Today, thanks to Jenson’s eighth place, our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership was rewarded with its first world championship points – a result that underlines that steady improvement.”