F1 » Button: If you follow, you'll never win – Innovation is key

Former world champion Jenson Button hopes McLaren-Mercedes' daring innovation with its recently-launched MP4-26 could just help the team to steal a march on its title rivals in F1 2011...

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James Montgomery

February 09, 2011 9:39 AM

I have to disagree.....

Look how Williams won their titles, by copying other teams ideas and perfecting it.

They did it with ground effect once Lotus introduced it with their 78 & 79, in 1979 Williams dominated the second half of that season and so won 1980 too. Active suspension, again another Lotus idea that Williams built to perfection to be the fastest car in 1991 (though very unreliable) but perfected it by 1992 and we saw the outcome of 1992 and 1993.

Innovation is good in one way because it gives you an advantage, but others can easily copy and adapt the idea to make it work better, I think by the end of last year Renault probably had the best F-Duct.

lee - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 11:56 AM

well seen as how you spent last season following lewis, then you need to think of something innovative to beat him. Apart from the two races where he out paced you until you made lucky decisions

Calvin _

February 09, 2011 12:12 PM

Innovation is A key, and not the only one. You have to be able to afford to innovate and afford to develop. Then you need a good team and good drivers.

Innovation is fraught because it doesn't always work as you expect.


February 09, 2011 1:06 PM

The '91 William did NOT have active suspension - this was why Patrese was able to perform at the same, if not slightly higher level than Mansell that year - the car could be "finessed" to it's maximum. The following year, with A/S fitted, that model required a far more physical approach, and a belief that the technologies onboard would keep the car on the track - Mansell had far greater upper-body strength, and also much more confidence in the systems (ironically considering his earlier distrust).

Love F1 - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 3:10 PM

As a driver, he has to complement his innovative thinking and driving style with increased speed. If he does that, he'll frustrate and beat his team mate, who will rip those Pirelli tyres to shreds everytime.

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