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Teams want extra tyres for all, not just rookies

“On the one hand, it's extremely important as we can see with such drivers that, if they have more opportunities, they're simply better prepared, [but] it will be a difficult call for us if it's just an option.”

Asked earlier in the weekend whether he thought McLaren would benefit from running one of its junior drivers, such as WSbR frontrunners Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne, on a Friday morning, Jenson Button admitted that it was unlikely.

“I don't think you'll see many of the big teams having a third driver drive the car on Friday, but I think it's a good idea to have extra sets for your [regular] drivers,” the 2009 world champion commented, before acknowledging that there were few chances for newcomers to make their mark on the top flight.

“I think it's very difficult for young drivers to have mileage in a F1 car,” Button continued, “They need to bring a lot of money, it seems, to have the opportunity, but now that they have extra tyres, it could actually be useful for the middle of the grid teams to have a third driver for more mileage, more information.

“There are quite a few test drivers who will sit around and watch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday every other weekend. They don't get to drive the car, so I think it's good for them – and, for the future of the sport, it's important that youngsters are actually getting the chance to drive an F1 car and to experience a grand prix weekend properly rather than just watching what happens.”

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