Jenson Button says he is less concerned about the challenges presented by Pirelli’s tyres in 2013.
Button won three races in 2012 but suffered a dip in form early in the season which was related to his understanding of the 2012 compounds.
“I think all the teams will go into this season feeling more assured about the Pirelli tyres,” Button told McLaren’s website.
“As you know, last year was a bit of an unknown as we all got to grips with the new rubber, but that?óÔé¼Ôäós less likely to happen this time around, so there?óÔé¼Ôäós more stability there.
“There are differences to the tyres ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the shape and the compounds, but I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think they?óÔé¼Ôäóll be as fundamental to the overall car performance as they were last year.”
Pirelli have indicated their 2013 tyres will be more aggressive than those used last year, particularly at the end of the season.
Button added his new team mate Sergio Perez is settling in at McLaren after an “inevitable getting-to-know-you period”.
“The most important thing is that you have a good working relationship, that you can share ideas and information freely and that you?óÔé¼Ôäóre working together with the engineers for the good of the team,” he said.
“That?óÔé¼Ôäós never been an issue at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and I think we?óÔé¼Ôäóre going to work well together ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Checo may only be 22, but he?óÔé¼Ôäós very sensible and he knows what?óÔé¼Ôäós needed to get the most from the car, so I predict it?óÔé¼Ôäóll be a very strong partnership.”
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