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28 December 2012

Button feeling confident for 2013

Jenson Button is confident that McLaren will eliminate the issues that affected his title challenge in 2012.

The Brit is looking forward to his fourth season with the team, revealing his confidence in the Woking squad for 2013 and the possibility of challenging for his second title.

Button had arguably the fastest car of the 2012 season, bookmarking his campaign with wins. However the races in between proved to be more difficult, riddled with errors from both himself and the team. 

His championship challenge vanished mid-way through the year when the MP4-27 suffered a series of mechanical failures and he struggled with the set up of the car. However he is more optimistic about next season, where he will take up the role of team leader.

Talking to Autosport, he said "I have got a great team behind me. Starting the 2013 season, if we can start strong like we did this year, I feel that the mistakes and the problems that we have had, hopefully we can put behind us. 

"For me being the experienced one in the team, I really like that and I'm looking forward to working closely with the team, not just being the driver but actually working closely with the aerodynamicists, the engineers, and the designers to really keep pushing in the direction that I want. 

"I'm not an expert in any of those fields but I’m the guy that drives, I’m the guy who knows what I want from the car and what I need. It’s going to be a good winter and we will start strong."

Jenson has already proved to be a strong team leader, pushing the BAR Honda team to 11 podium finishes and one pole position in 2004. 

With Hamilton's departure, it now means that Button can help develop a car that is more suited to his driving style - thanks to his promotion from equal to effective number 1 driver.

2013 will see a dramatic change in the Pirelli tyres, becoming less durable but heating up quicker. Both these elements should suit Button's driving style, he is the master of making tyres last but struggled in the past with bringing up the tyre temperature.

"I liked it, actually, it was very hot in Brazil so it’s difficult to be sure, but the idea is that it generates heat a lot quicker and you don’t struggle with warm-up, which a lot of teams did in 2012. That is good." he said.

"The grip is different. We were told that it had a certain style of grip but it doesn’t quite feel that way, it feels a bit different. It feels like it’s going to be a good tyre. 

"There is going to be a lot of degradation, definitely. We are going to see more degradation in the latter part of the season – and it will be more like the beginning of 2012."

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