Button motivated by new regulations
24 January 2014 – Jenson Button says he has drawn motivation from the task of getting to grips with F1's new regulations.
This season, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines are being introduced alongside a host of aerodynamic and chassis changes, with driving styles and workloads behind the wheel expected to alter dramatically.
Having experienced a variety of ruleset eras, the McLaren driver is relishing the challenge ahead.
"As a driver, it's an exciting time," said Button. "I'm really looking forward to it – I love the mental challenge of tackling such a complex task; there's so much to get your teeth into, and the prospect of problem-solving, and pulling apart difficult concepts and drilling down to find the best solution – that really motivates me."
Button went on to describe the opening pre-season test at the Circuito de Jerez as an "unknown" for all teams, and suggested that it will take consistent, minor steps for drivers to completely master their new cars.
"I don't think anybody will be coming out of this first test feeling certain that they've cracked this new formula," explained Button. "I think it'll be more of a case of slowly peeling away successive layers as the engineers and designers gather more information and gain an understanding of how the cars and power-units are behaving; and we'll see that being gradually refined throughout the forthcoming tests and into the opening races.
"I think this formula is too big, and too complex, for a single team to feel secure about getting everything right and quickly establishing an advantage. It's about diligently chipping away at it that we'll get there."
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- McLaren presents its 2014 F1 challenger
- McLaren not making bold 2014 predictions
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