Formula One News » F1 2013 – Button: first test will be “hilarious” Posted on 16/12/2013
Jenson Button believes the first 2014 f1 pre-season test will be “hilarious” due to the new car set ups and the expected weather in Jerez.
Button told autosport “Winter testing is going to be hilarious in Jerez.”
“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.”
“No one knows how they will perform until the first race next year,”
“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. It is in a bad place right now but by the first race we will all have it sorted.”