It’s great to hear that Jenson Button is buzzing with enthusiasm about Pirelli’s new F1 tyres, which he thinks will really suit his driving style.
The McLaren driver also believes the new tyres are going to make the racing ‘fun’ for the 2011 season.
Speaking after his first test on the rubber with his new McLaren MP4-26, the former world champion told reporters: “There are big differences from the hard through to the medium, to the soft and super soft. Big differences in terms of laptimes but also in terms of durability, degradation.
“It’s going to be fun for racing. I know the soft is changing considerably but the other tyres are staying pretty much the same. I think it’s what everyone wanted – tyres that are very different with quite a big gap between all the tyres.
“The viewers will know, and we’ll all know, the differences between the tyres and I think it’s good that people can all see that.”
Speaking at the end of testing in Jerez today, he added:”I’ve heard that people are finding a second from soft to super soft tyres, half a second from soft to medium, and half a second again from medium to hard. There’s a lot of difference between the tyres so if you don’t run one and you run one the next day you see a big difference in pace and competitiveness, so it’s very difficult to know anything.”
Pirelli, which has taken over from Bridgestone as F1’s sole tyre supplier, has deliberately engineered a relatively high level of degradation into its rubber to give the drivers more of a challenge and to hopefully generate more exciting racing.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team