Jenson Button is looking ahead to the start of the 2013 Formula One World Championship with a sense of
optimism due partly to the new Pirelli tyres.
The McLaren driver commented recently: “I think all the teams will go into this season feeling more assured about the Pirelli tyres.
“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 – 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.”
Former champion Button is hopeful that the redesigned Pirelli tyres can help him with the lack of pace he suffered from on occasion last season.
“We had some very good races and some pretty damn bad ones last year,” he admitted candidly. “The feeling from the tyres will be very different in 2013, hopefully we shall see lots more pit stops which we all enjoy.
“Qualifying at times last year was not good at all, I still go back to the issue I have in my career of getting tyres working. But I feel we have learnt a lot from last season and we have made steps forward in that direction. We start the season with a clean slate hopefully fighting for pole and wins at every race.”
Button will be lining up on the grid alongside new team-mate Sergio Perez after Lewis Hamilton switched to the Mercedes team.
The season gets underway from 15-17 March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team