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Button confident in 2013 Pirelli rubber

5 December 2012

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."


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