But­ton: 2017 F1 cars ‘awe­some’

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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.”

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