Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

New tyres ‘less fundamental to performance’ – Button

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2012Jenson 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?s less likely to happen this time around, so there?s more stability there.

“There are differences to the tyres ?ǣ the shape and the compounds, but I don?t think they?ll 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?re working together with the engineers for the good of the team,” he said.

“That?s never been an issue at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and I think we?re going to work well together ?ǣ 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.”

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