Button: First test will be amusing

Wednesday 18-December-2013 08:41

Jenson Button admits it will be difficult to get going again at the first pre-season test, saying it will be "hilarious".

Drivers will have quite a bit of adapting to do when winter testing gets underway at the end of January as they will all have to come to terms with the new 1.6l V6 turbos as well as energy recovery systems.

Conditions are also likely to be tricky as it will be the middle of winter at Jerez, which could lead to some amusing moments on the track, according to Button.

"Winter testing is going to be hilarious in Jerez," the McLaren driver is quoted as saying by Autosport. "It will be cold, the tyres aren't going to work, the cars probably won't work either and when you do get a lap it is probably going to feel weird because you are running higher gears - you get into eighth gear before you get to seventh gear now.

"It is a very different way of driving and you have to forget a lot you have learned over the years in terms of the driveability of a racing car, the engine, the power output of a racing car and the way you put the power down.

"It is so, so different."

One of the key features that drivers will have to come to grips with is the reduced downforce and increase in torgue.

"No one knows how they will perform until the first race next year," said Button. "It is going to be tricky because we do have a lot more torque with the engine.

"There will be a lot less downforce as there will be no [exhaust] blowing. I don't care what they say, there is still a massive amount of blowing on an F1 car. It is going to be very tough to get to grips with it.

"There is a lot to learn for all of us, even the experienced drivers, and it is exciting.

"You want to be out on circuit at the tricky corners, even Turn 2/3 [at Jerez] will be tough to get the power down.

"You need a throttle pedal that is a metre long to control the torque of the engine.

"Hopefully the experience I have with developing the car and making it how you want it to be will help me for next year."

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