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Button confident in new Pirelli rubber

Jenson Button sure the new Pirelli tyre will be better suited to his driving style
Jenson Button says he is confident that he won't face as may problems with Pirelli's F1 tyres in 2013 as he did this year.

The McLaren drivers was one of the drivers who struggled to come to terms with the unpredictable nature of the 2012 tyres at times during the campaign, costing the Briton valuable ground in the title race in the early part of the season.

Like his rivals however, Button was able to sample Pirelli's 2013 tyres during Friday practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos and the Briton said he felt sure the new tyre would be suited to his driving style.

"One thing that's very different with the tyre is how it works with warm-up," he was quoted by ESPN. "That's something we've struggled with and a lot of the teams have struggled with this year - actually getting the tyre into its working range. I think some teams have been there or above the working range, but it's difficult to stay in the working range.

"This tyre, I think, has got a much wider working range and that's going to make it much easier to get the tyre working from the start of the season. We've had to change our car a lot to get it working on the 2012 tyres when normally you'd be working on development.

"So it has hurt us quite a bit this year and I don't think that will be the case next year after doing one run on them. You get a feeling that it's back to the tyres of old and they're also directional, which is difference from the previous Pirelli tyres. It feels like it's working well. I think we're going to get high degradation, but I think we'll get the tyre working very quickly."


Tagged as: Mclaren , Jenson Button , Pirelli , 2013

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The Old Man - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 4:56 PM

Slicks can be directional and obviously not because of tread pattern. It is carcass construction esp sidewalls. I have raced on them and you can tell the diff pretty easily. Which reminds me of a story... Was roadracing and autocrossing front-drivers way back and the problem was that max grip at the front required about 44-46psi. Not kidding. Anyway, still pushed the fronts so to tune the handling neutral one had to trim rear grip and drop the rears to about 24-27psi. That did the trick, but at that inflation the tire was too sloppy and it took too long for the rearend to take a set once you pitched it in. The seceret tip was to run the directionals wrong-way at the rear. You could run 32-22psi, de-flexing the tire, but at same lower grip and thus neutral handling. Loved it when guys told me I had em on wrong. They would chuckle and walk away. I would smile, thank them, and then usually beat them. So, everyone had a good time. Hehe.



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