Current F1 world champion Jenson Button has revealed that he is more fired up than ever.
“Obviously, my aim is to keep the number one on my car for as long as possible,” Button commented on McLaren’s website.
“But, at the moment, it’s a little bit too early to start talking about the world championship. The backbone of any title challenge is built on good preparation, hard word, focus and dedication.
“And the hard work starts here – the next 10 weeks could well largely dictate the destiny of the 2010 world championship, so it’s crucial that we start testing very strongly and that we never let up.
“I’m more motivated than ever to work with the team and my engineers, and I’m extremely positive for the year ahead.
“Obviously, it’s fantastic to be part of one of the most famous names in Formula 1,” he added. “But it’s also exhilarating: I’d been at the same team for seven years so this is a big cultural change for me, and something that I’m really looking forward to.
“There are a lot of new faces to remember and lots of names to learn – and that’s all got to be done alongside the engineering and limited testing we have ahead of the 2010 season.
“But I’m loving every minute of it – the atmosphere within the team feels fantastic, and I’ve already started to feel at home here. I can’t wait to get out in the fantastic new car the team has built for me!
“Having no testing until the first week of February is something of a mixed blessing it gives me the time to really get to know the guys at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and to properly integrate myself into the team which I am absolutely committed to doing but, equally, it’s another month without any running in the car and getting miles under my belt will be crucial ahead of the first race.
“So, it’s only natural that there will be a lot of factory-based work for the next few weeks. I’ll be starting to work with my engineers, who are a fantastic bunch of guys. But, honestly, I really cannot wait to get out to Valencia and get my first run in the MP4-25 I think that’s when it will finally sink in that I’m a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver.”