Button anticipating tyre battle in Canada

By on Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Jenson Button believes that tyres will be key during this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

Button, who emerged victorious at the event in 2011, also reckons that the power of the Mercedes engine should aid McLaren's prospects.

"It’s going to be tricky here, it always is, especially with the cold circuit temperatures we’ll probably have on Friday," he said.

"We’ve been driving these cars all year and if we can drive these cars around Monaco I think we’ll be alright around here.

"It should be an interesting circuit. It’s a circuit where you don’t really use downforce so much, it’s a lot more mechanical grip. There are long straights, so we can use the power of the engine - for us that’s great, with the Mercedes engine. And it’s about working with the tyres. I think it’s going to be tricky around here. It’s supposed to be hot on Sunday, so you’re going to have to really look after them. But we’re reasonably good at that."

Button also insisted that contract talks with McLaren have yet to properly begin, but that he cannot imagine leaving Formula 1 just yet.

"No more progress at all," he said on his contract, which expires at the end of 2014.

"But that’s just the way it is. We’re here, we’ve spent four good years together already. In our fifth year together. And we both want to work together in the future but it’s just not time yet. Not the right time. We have a lot of other issues to solve first before we start thinking about the future too much. We’re in a good place, I think my experience does help me a lot.

"I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever and I have all that experience. I’m in a great position and I feel I’ve got a lot more to give in the future in Formula One. I definitely can’t see an end to my career. This is my life and where I want to be in the future."


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