Button expects 'very strong' Pérez partnership
17 January 2013 – Jenson Button is expecting to enjoy an extremely strong partnership with Sergio Pérez at McLaren this season, with the 2009 World Champion describing his new team-mate as 'a very good addition' to the Woking-based outfit.
"I had three fantastic seasons racing alongside Lewis, but nothing stays the same in Formula 1 and people move on," Button explained to the official McLaren website.
"It’s always interesting to have a new team-mate – there’s that inevitable getting-to-know-you period when you’re settling in, but I’m 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 he’s a very good addition to this team."
Button added that he is hoping for a fully transparent working relationship with Pérez, with the 32-year-old stressing the importance of sharing data and ideas.
"That’s never been an issue at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and I think we’re going to work well together – Checo may only be 22, but he’s very sensible and he knows what’s needed to get the most from the car, so I predict it’ll be a very strong partnership."
Button will embark upon his fourth season as a McLaren driver in 2013. Of his 15 Grand Prix victories to date, a majority eight have been achieved with the team.