Jenson Button’s former BAR-Honda team-mate Anthony Davidson delivers the 2009 F1 World Champion a timely vote of confidence as he prepares to take on Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes in 2010
“One of Jenson’s biggest strengths is race pace, looking after the tyres,” Davidson said, “and that’s going to be paramount next year.
“It won’t be a complete walkover unless he just doesn’t get on with the car, like we’ve seen with [Giancarlo] Fisichella in the Ferrari for instance. You know the guy’s good, but it just didn’t work for him in the car – and if Jenson finds himself in that situation with McLaren, then he’ll look worse than he really is.
“I know the true skill and the passion that Jenson’s got behind the wheel, and he deserves to be quick as he proved this year – but when the car doesn’t suit his style, he struggles sometimes.”
Davidson knows the seven-time grand prix-winner better than most from his years spent on the test and reserve bench at BAR, Honda and Brawn – even including a race as team-mates, when he replaced the unwell Takuma Sato for the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Now he reckons Button just needs to get sufficient seat time under his belt prior to the start of the campaign in order to adapt the car to his liking.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team