Jenson Button could have the edge over teammate Lewis Hamilton in next season’s McLaren showdown thanks to the dramatic rule changes, according to a rival team boss.
Chris Horner, top man with Red Bull, predicted the move to narrow the front tyres and the ban on refuelling will favour the world champion’s smoother style.
And Hamilton may even have to alter his technique to solve his well-known penchant for destroying tyres caused by his electrifying driving style, according to a news report in the Daily Mirror.
Horner predicted a fascinating battle for supremacy at McLaren that could see the pair stealing points off each other and handing the title to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
He added: “I am surprised Mercedes let Jenson go, but that was obviously their choice.
“It’s a big call from Jenson to take on Lewis at McLaren. He obviously feels confident enough in his own ability to do that.
“Now the monkey is off his back of having won a world championship, he will enter next year with the pressure lifted in almost a carefree manner and as a result of that drive well.
“The regulation changes could suit him and his style – it will be a fascinating dual between the two of them.
“Tyre management is going to be crucial. Hopefully they will take lots of points off each other.
“Jenson didn’t sign as a No.2 driver and he’s got clear objectives.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team