It looks like Formula One’s newly crowned world champion racing driver Jenson Button will be jumping ship (pardon the mixed metaphor) from Brawn to McLaren.
However, some industry cynics fear he could play second fiddle to British teammate Lewis Hamilton and this could be derail his chance of future success.
Part of the problem revolves round tyres and the set up of the car, according to the Telegraph writer Andrew Baker.
In a nutshell he reckons Hamilton “demands a car that is designed and set up to “oversteer” – that is, to encourage the back end to break away as the power is applied in a corner, so that the driver can control it with instant and often spectacular reactions. This is dramatic and rapid, but not terribly kind on tyres.”
Meanwhile, Baker continues, Button is a complete contrast, “a gentler driver who prefers a car that he can persuade around corners without heavy input from the steering wheel. This means that he is tremendous at preserving his tyres, but also that on occasions he has had trouble getting them up to optimum working temperature.
“Of course Button can adapt his style – witness his wonderfully wild closing laps in pursuit of Mark Webber at the Brazilian Grand Prix – but he would prefer not to. If the 2010 McLaren has been designed around Hamilton, it is highly unlikely to suit Button.”
Keep watching this space for more updates!
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team