Button: 2017 F1 cars ‘awesome’
Jenson Button has hinted what he describes as the “awesome” 2017 Formula 1 cars could influence his decision on whether to remain in grand prix racing next year.
Next year’s cars will feature more powerful aerodynamics and wider tyres, with Button predicting lap times will be around four seconds faster than the 2016-spec machinery.
“That’s definitely on the positive side,” said Button when asked whether the improved cars would sway the decision on his future.
“The cars will be more fun to drive next year, whether that’s enough or not I don’t know. They will definitely be more fun and they will be more physical, but it will definitely be tougher.
“It will be a lot quicker and it’s what the sport needs because it doesn’t feel physical at all.”
Button also suggested F1 will scare drivers next year after comparing the current generation of machinery unfavourable with the V10 cars he started his career in.
“I remember going through Turn 5 onto the back straight at Jerez and you would have one eye closed thinking ‘is this thing going to hold?’
“So it was a light dab on the brakes, turn in and then you would just be waiting for the twitch.
“If you got the snap oversteer, either you were off or you lost a massive amount of time.
“Now, you arrive and you slide through the corner and you drift.
“It’s just a very different feeling. It doesn’t scare you as much. It will next year, it will be awesome.”