Button comfortable at McLaren
Jenson Button was speaking at the MP4-26 launch in Berlin when he made the comment. The British driver said: "It’s strange to think that this is only the start of my second season at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, because I’ve felt so comfortable since joining the team last January." Adding that the 2010 season was "something of a building year" for him learning how the McLaren team work and operate. However, now with a years experience at the team, the British driver is excited for the season ahead. "I’ve not only got a year’s Vodafone McLaren Mercedes experience under my belt" Button said "But I’ve also been able to offer input into the design and development of the new car – something that I was naturally unable to do last year." “Now I really feel I know how Vodafone McLaren Mercedes goes racing, and I’ll be driving a car that’s been fully developed around Lewis and myself – that’s a very empowering feeling." “I’m really looking forward to getting to drive the new car for the first time. Our pre-season simulations suggests that the new Pirelli tyres should be well-suited to my particular driving style, so I’m hopeful of being able to derive a good advantage from the tyres during the races. Button concluded that the MP4-26 launch marks the beginning of the 2011 season for the team “after what seems a very long time away from the track. It’s been a really exciting event for all the fans who attended, and now I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of MP4-26 for the first time next week.” McLaren team-mate, Lewis Hamilton added: “It’s great to see how many fans braved the Berlin weather to come to today’s event. I hope it’s been an exciting day for everyone: I think people saw a unique way of revealing our 2011 car, something that’s never been done before. I hope the car proves just as innovative once we take to the track next week.