Jenson Button, McLaren, Monza, 2011

McLaren: Retaining Button is “a great step”

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Monza, 2011
Button has extended his McLaren contract

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe praised Jenson Button’s technical feedback after the driver re-signed for the team today.

Speaking in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Phone-in, Lowe said: “Having a good driver with good feedback is still essential in Formula 1, even though these days we have far more tools to work with offline – more simulations etc…

“We’re still very reliant on the driver’s feedback and his responses to the changes we made and indeed his suggestions for changes to make. Having Jenson on board for years to come is a great step for us, it gives us a very solid base in terms of the driver that we can rely on for feedback.”

Lowe added Button’s performance on the track had been especially impressive this year: “I think what’s been really nice to see with Jenson is he’s been driving in a way that has surprised us in terms of the style.

“His classic driving approach has been to be very smooth and solid and scoring points without great show, let’s say. Whereas what he’s actually done is deliver some fantastic races – some of the most exciting overtaking manoeuvres we’ve seen all season have come from Jenson.

“That’s been great to see and he’s really enjoyed doing it.”

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