Button gives new-spec F1 two thumbs up

Jenson Button believes that Formula 1 is back to where it should be as he assesses the sport’s new-spec cars upon his one-off comeback in Monte-Carlo.

Button qualified P9 yesterday, but will start his race from the pit lane following a 15-place grid penalty caused by power unit changes and another change this morning executed by Honda.

But the Brit admitted that he has been having fun sampling his 2017 McLaren MCL32 during what will be the 2009 world champion’s very last Grand Prix weekend.

“I went a lot faster than I did last year around here and it was a lot more fun,” he said.

“I must say that I was a little disappointed when I heard about the new regulations in terms the weight of the car going up [from 702kg in 2016 to 728kg in 2017].

“Weight is so important in a Formula One car, but this is the toughest circuit for a heavy car, and it is very nimble around here.

“It’s so much fun to drive, it really is. Formula One has definitely moved in the right direction with the regulations.

“I think it’s very exciting for the teams also to find chunks of time and downforce, I think it’s the way F1 should be.”

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Button’s only complaint is the harder compound Pirelli has produced this year.

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“I still feel that the tyres are very difficult, I mean I am pushing from the time I exit the pits for two laps I am pushing flat out to get tyre temperature to start my timed lap and I still have shuddering on the front tyres on the ultra-soft in 25 degree heat, 53 degree track.

“I don’t get that and I don’t think I am the only one that feels that way. That’s an area which I think we can still improve and I am sure they will for next year.

 “That’s an area which I think we can still improve and I am sure they will for next year.”


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