McLaren's Jenson Button has predicted F1 will remain just as close next season given the relative stability with the rules.
Button will assume the role of McLaren team leader in 2013 following Lewis Hamilton's defection to Mercedes and while he admitted 2012 was quite 'unusual', mainly due to the tyres, he believes it will remain tightly contested.
“It's pretty obvious it was quite an unusual season, especially at the start of the year, having seven different winners from so many different teams. We don't see that in F1 so often. Well, ever,” Button reflected.
“I think a lot of it was down to the way we were getting the tyres working or not getting the tyres working.
“But also I think a lot of the teams, the teams that aren't normally at the front, I think they did a very good job over the winter.
“But through the year when the bigger teams work out how to use the tyres and also, you know, the development race [kicked in], suddenly you saw a difference towards the end of the season. Not as big as some might have thought though. I don't think we would have expected a Force India to be leading the race in Brazil, for example.
"So, I think it shows Formula One is a lot closer than it used to be; in terms of regulations it's a lot tighter and also with not many regulation changes, it brings the field very close – and I think we'll see that also next year,” concluded the 2009 F1 world champion.