Tyres situation will be ‘trickier’ for the Malaysian Grand Prix, says Button

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McLaren driver Jenson Button reckons managing the new Pirelli tyres at the Malaysian Grand Prix will be a ‘bit tricker’ to manage than at the season-opening race in Melbourne.

The former world champion said: “The tyres will be the same in Malaysia as they were in Australia: the hard and the soft compounds.

“But Sepang will be much hotter, with much higher track temperatures, maybe as much as 45 degrees centigrade, and the track surface is very abrasive, particularly in comparison to Albert Park, which is very smooth.

“Sepang really requires a lot of high-speed stability from the tyre. So all of these factors will make the tyre situation a bit trickier – I think we’ll see higher degradation and more pit stops.

“It’s a highly abrasive track, so the fronts and rears will suffer. In terms of overall wear and durability across all the tracks we visit this year, Sepang probably sits somewhere in the middle.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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