The Championship promises to be one of the best of recent times. Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes has added a great deal of spice and will naturally add more interest in the sport.
It is difficult at this stage to see just who has the fastest car at the moment. Jenson Button stated that Mercedes has been the most consistent however in terms of recording quick times.
Speaking about his own team, Button said that he is confident with his car for the new season and that there is plenty more to do. The car is not quite ready for competitive races just yet but the McLaren is making progress.
How team’s are preparing
The second day of final pre-season testing saw Jenson Button finishing behind Romain Grosjean during final pre-season tests in Barcelona. He claimed that the adverse cold weather had an effect on the team’s preparations. The cold conditions were not expected and hampered original plans for McLaren.
Sebastian Vettel the reigning world champion has stated that he is confident with his car. He said “Generally we are happy with the balance of the car. I think it is a better starting point than we had last year.”
Fernando Alonso will be looking to challenge for the title once again next season after losing out narrowly last time. He believes that this year will be a major improvement thanks to changes to the car. Alonso claimed that last year’s racing car could not cope with winter conditions. He admitted that Ferrari does not have the quickest car but other the car has other advantages over others.
More defections from McLaren to Mercedes
McLaren’s technical director will also made the switch to Mercedes next year, sparking even more controversy. Jenson Button has said that the latest move does not cause any necessity for panic. Button has taken the move with a pinch of salt despite him and Paddy Lowe developing a close working relationship.
Lowe will receive £300,000 per year for his new role at Mercedes, with his new team very excited to have someone of his calibre on board.
Is Jenson Button playing mind games? Or does he genuinely respect Mercedes?