Button: Less uncertainty over tyres in 2013 17 Jan 2013
Jenson Button believes that there will be less uncertainty with the Pirelli tyres in 2013 than there was last year. As in 2012, the Italian manufacturer has made changes to the construction of their tyres ahead of the new season, but Button is confident that the teams will cope better this time around.
I think all the teams will go into this season feeling more assured about the Pirelli tyres, Button told the McLaren website. Last year was a bit of an unknown as we all got to grips with the new rubber, but thats less likely to happen this time around, so theres more stability there. There are differences to the tyres -the shape and the compounds, but I dont think theyll be as fundamental to the overall car performance as they were last year.
Button also said that hes excited to see how teams have developed their cars in the months between the end of the 2012 championship and the beginning of pre-season testing next month.
In terms of regulations, yes there is some stability, so I expect most teams will have continued to refine their car package over the winter. Its always really interesting to see how the cars develop during a period of rules stability, because you watch the progress from year to year as the engineers refine and improve their thinking and ideas. You can literally see how the car has improved from season to season. Its crazy.
I hope theres stability for another reason, too: I won the last race of 2012 so it would be perfect to win the first race of 2013!
Button, who has been at McLaren since 2010, will have a new team mate in 2013, with Lewis Hamilton having departed for Mercedes and Sergio Checo Perez arriving from Sauber.
I had three fantastic seasons racing alongside Lewis, but nothing stays the same in Formula One and people move on, said Button. Its always interesting to have a new team-mate -theres that inevitable getting-to-know-you period when youre settling in, but Im really pleased to have Checo at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. We all saw what he was capable of doing behind the wheel of a Sauber last year and I think hes a very good addition to this team.
The most important thing is that you have a good working relationship, that you can share ideas and information freely and that youre working together with the engineers for the good of the team. Thats never been an issue at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and I think were going to work well together -Checo may only be 22, but hes very sensible and he knows whats needed to get the most from the car, so I predict itll be a very strong partnership.
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