Button: F1 is great at the moment

Thursday 18-April-2013 15:00

Jenson Button has gone against the grain, saying he reckons Formula One is "great at the moment" thanks to the Pirelli tyres.

Last time out in China many teams and drivers were unhappy with the Pirelli tyres especially as the soft rubber only gave them five good laps before it needed to be changed.

That, coupled with high degradation on all the compounds, resulted in several complaints and ultimately in Pirelli deciding to bring the medium instead of the soft compound to this weekend's Bahrain GP.

However, in the midst of negativity, there is at least one driver who is enjoying the show, Button.

"We are not going to be happy with everything in this sport, or in any sport, but I think the racing has been good fun," the McLaren driver said during Thursday's press conference at the Sakhir circuit.

"I was on the receiving end of it in the last race because I was doing less stops and running old tyres most of the race, but if you were doing a three-stop it seemed like it was a pretty fun race and they were able to push pretty hard.

"In the past, we had tyres that would last the whole race and there wasn't any overtaking. It's very difficult to get the balance right, but we are having two or three stops, which I think is what the idea was for racing in 2013, and there are a lot of teams fighting at the front.

"I think Formula 1 is great at the moment."

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