Jenson Button has a reputation for being a tyres man – he knows how to look after them. He treats them well and they reward him with great performance!
But even Jenson admits that with the ban on refueling meaning heavy fuel loads of up to 170 kilos at the start of a race, tyres will be a crucial factor in determining who will win the championship this year.
It’s no secret that the current world champion, who has switched teams from Brawn to McLaren, is renowned for his ability to manage tyre wear, making him a hot contender for another title.
But after his latest test session on the Spanish circuit at Jerez, he told reporters that tyres will be an important factor for all the drivers.
He said: “I think it is something that everybody will have to improve given the scenario we will face this year.
“With a fuel load of 160 kilos at the start of the race it is important to look after your rear tyres. As soon as you have an issue with the rears with that much fuel on you can damage them very quickly.
“I see a lot of people doing long runs with high fuel and that is the reason for it – to see what happens to the rear tyres. We have done some runs with high fuel to see what happens and get some useful information.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team