Button not keen to test at Mugello next week

Jenson Button has admitted he sees no point to changing McLaren’s Mugello test programme next week.

After the British team struggled for pace on Pirelli’s complex tyres last weekend in Bahrain, Button’s teammate Hamilton admitted he wanted to test at Mugello. The in-season test in Italy is F1’s first for years, but McLaren had already announced that only test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey would be in action.

But Hamilton insisted: “I need to get back in the car. We need to figure out why the tyres are going off.”

Fellow Briton Button, however, is already scheduled to be at a promotional team event in Hungary early next week.

“The reason why we (the race drivers) are not there is because we’ve never been to Mugello before,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail. “I don’t really think we will be a benefit because there aren’t any massive updates to try.

“For the test drivers to put some miles on parts and try some very extreme things, then I think it’s good, but it’s not necessary for us (race drivers) to be there,” added Button.


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