Jenson Button: McLaren's new Pirelli tyres can help bid for second Formula 1 world title
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ace Jenson Button has welcomed new tyres that he is confident can make a big difference in his bid for a second World Championship title.
The Formula One racer from Frome today revealed the 2013 MP4-28 alongside new team-mate Sergio Perez at the outfit's Woking base.
The car was adorned with new Pirelli tyres that are designed to give grip at a wider range of temperatures whilst wearing faster.
For the 33-year-old who admits he sometimes struggles to keep heat in the rubber whilst boasting a reputation as a top wear protector, the introduction is music to his ears.
Button said: "The tyres are very different in 2013. I'm sure they look pretty similar but the feeling is very different and the idea is to have a tyre that works a lot easier in terms of temperature with a wider range and degrades more.
"Hopefully we will see more pit stops and both of us will enjoy that. I feel this will work better for my style of driving and how the MP4-28 works."
The 2009 global champ and winner of 15 Grand Prixs said he was confident the new set-up could see him add to that victory total.
"I think qualifying last year was not good at all and I still go back to it being the issue in my career in terms of getting the tyres working and in the working range," he said.
"It was the same for others but especially for me that was a big issue. I don't know why that is, obviously I drive to everyone else on the grid.
"I feel we have learned a lot from last season and the problems we had and I feel we have made steps forward in that direction.
"We have also got a tyre in 2013 that does help me. It has got a much wider working range so I am not fearful of those issues again.
"We start the season with a clean slate and confident we will be fighting for a pole in every race and hopefully a win in every race."
Button added that he did not anticipate a major shift in Formula One's dominant players in 2013, saying: "I think the contenders will be the same as we have seen in recent years.
"Red Bull and Ferrari will be strong. Mercedes have a good chance but they are coming from a long way back in terms of where their car was.
"With a few tweaks Lotus can be competitive and then you have the smaller teams that can win races, be competitive and fight at the front.
"I think people will have learned from McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari what really works on the car. It's going to be - as always - consistency through the year and development through the year that will win you the title."
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