Button: Formula 1 will continue to deliver great racing in the new turbo era
10 November, 2013
McLaren driver Jenson Button does not believe that Formula 1′s new turbo engine regulations, which come into force in 2014, will have a major impact on how drivers and teams operate while believing that racing will not be boring as some critics are predicting.
Speaking to Speedweek, Button said, “It’s not that the cars [next year] are completely revolutionary and I don’t really think that the racing will be very different, nor that we will see a lot of fuel saving.”
Many in the F1 paddock are expecting the V6 turbo era to turn into something a of a fuel economy run, before engine manufacturers optimise the efficiency of the new power units.
“I believe that we will continue to deliver great racing irrespective of the changes. Driving styles will not change a great deal compared to this year,” ventured Button.
But he warns that making the most of pre-season testing will be vital, “Understanding the new engine and the torque curve with ERS makes testing very important.”
“[We] will again have to manage tyres as we do this year already, so the differences will not be huge,” predicts Button.
“Many people say that everything will be totally different. There will be much speculation until we go to the first race, then all will be forgotten and we will do what we think is right,” added the 2009 F1 world champion. (GP247)
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