'New tyres should suit my style' - Button
31 January 2013 – Jenson Button believes Pirelli’s softer tyre compounds will be better suited to his driving style throughout the 2013 campaign, with the McLaren man hoping to capitalise on the wider temperature operating windows which are being predicted.
Button, who won three Grands Prix around his tyre heat-up issues last year, says although the compounds look asthetically similar to their initially complicated 2012 predecessors, the new characteristics should in theory benefit his on-track efforts.
"The tyres are very different in 2013," Button told the gathered media at the launch of the MP4-28, including GPUpdate.net. "I’m sure they look very similar to most of us but the feeling is very different. The idea behind the tyre is to have a tyre that works a lot easier in terms of temperature, has a wider range and degrades more.
"Hopefully we’ll be seeing more pit-stops which I think we'll enjoy. I feel that this should work better for my style of driving and for how the MP4-28 works."
Reflecting upon his 2012 struggles, Button is confident that the evolutionary nature of the MP4-28 chassis will be of benefit when deciding which setup route to take.
"When the tyre is on a knife’s edge, I struggled to get it working and up to temperature," the 2009 World Champion added. "We know that now, you get an understanding of where you can and can’t take the car. I don’t feel that this car will be any different in terms of the direction, the feel and the limits of the car."
Button will get behind the wheel of the MP4-28 for the first time at Jerez next Tuesday, completing the opening two days of the test before Sergio Pérez takes over.