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Button looking forward to 2013 - and new tyres

Jenson Button says that he needs to use the next couple of months to drive the direction of McLaren's 2013 F1 car.

Jenson Button has admitted that the next two months could be critical, not only for his 2013 championship chances, but also for establishing himself as McLaren team leader.

The Briton finished the 2012 F1 campaign on a high by winning last Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, but heads into the close season knowing that it will be a different looking McLaren attack next year, following Lewis Hamilton's defection to Mercedes, and the impending arrival of Sergio Perez as his replacement.

Having spent three years with the Woking team, Button is already entrenched, but insists that he needs to make full use of the time between team-mates to get a headstart on 2013.

"I still think we're going to have two drivers that want to win the world championship,” the 32-year old told Sky Sports News,/i>, “I don't think that changes - we're all here to do a job and we all think we can win the world championship – but it is different [going into 2013].

“Lewis is going to be leaving this team [and], when you're team-mates with Lewis, you share the direction of the car, if you like. Now, with Lewis leaving, I have a couple of months to really direct the team into what I would like with the car before 'Checo' arrives.

"That's an important couple of months for me to really feel that I've got a good direction with the car, because Sergio is going to be quick. That's good, [as] you need a team-mate that's quick, and I think he's going to learn very quickly, which is very good for him."

Although neither Button nor Hamilton was able to sustain a championship challenge to Sao Paulo, the Briton insists that the year as a whole will still have been of value to McLaren going forward.

"In terms of the end result and the points, I'm not very happy," he admitted, "but, in terms of what we've learnt this year, it's been really useful. In a way, it's been like a great 'testing' season because we've had great results [and] we've had bad results in terms of the whole team.

"We've learnt a lot and, in that period around Monaco and Canada, when I had some really bad races, we got a lot of information with the direction we took with the car, which was wrong, and it's been really useful for us for the rest of the year. I think we can take that forward to 2013."

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sp123 - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 4:54 PM

@Ginger Milestone No not a fan of either Mclaren driver But its not just the qualifying stats is it. JB has had the worst record against his team mate this year only beaten by Massa / Alonso and Karthikeyan / DE LA Rosa. Not just qualifying, in all the races that both Mclarens have finished, JB has only been in front 3 Times. Hamilton has retired from the lead the same amount of times that JB has won. LH has had twice the number of retirements of JB ( none his fault )and STILL managed to stay ahead in the points. Good Driver But he aint no Hamilton.

JJJ - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 4:28 PM

He is surprisingly candid about his rivalry with his current and future teammate here, even to the point where he's basically saying he now has a headstart to make sure the car suits him and not necessarily checo to make sure he's in front of him...I wonder if that is entirely in line with the team's best interest. I think this was a weaker year for Button, but actually it's better to say that last year was exceptionally good for him and this year he's back to the regular Button level, which is IMO just about on par with the likes of Webber (maybe a bit better in races) and somewhat behind Hamilton, Alonso, Kimi and Vettel. Next year will be another defining year for him one way or the other, that's for sure.

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