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Jenson Button thinks the first winter test session driving the new 2014 cars will be a “hilarious” experience.
Next season’s engine and aerodynamics changes mean that drivers and engineers are taking a step into the unknown, and Button predicts there could be some unreliability issues to begin with.
He 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.
With the new ERS system providing a whopping 160bhp for 33 seconds a lap, Button thinks it will take a delicate touch for the driver to be able to harness that extra power.
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.
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.
Winter testing begins at Jerez on January 28.