Button supports extra tyres for third drivers


18 April 2013 by TF1T Staff

Jenson Button has come out in support of Pirelli's proposal to give an additional set of tyres to any team which runs a rookie driver during the first free practice session.

The tyre supplier has put the idea forward - which will be voted on during the Bahrain GP weekend - to supply one additional set for use only during FP1 and only by a rookie driver, to encourage teams to run young drivers to allow them to gain experience and provide fans at the circuit with more action.

The McLaren driver believes it's a good idea, although he doesn't expect the top teams to take advantage.

"I don’t think you’ll see many of the big teams having a third driver drive the car on Friday," he said on Thursday in Bahrain.

"I think it’s a good idea to have extra sets for young drivers, yes. It’s very difficult for a young driver to have mileage in a Formula One car. They need to bring a lot of money, it seems, to have the opportunity.

"But now that they have extra tyres it could actually be useful for middle-of-the-grid teams and lower to have a third driver for more mileage, more information. There are quite a few test drivers that will sit around and watch Friday, Saturday, Sunday every other weekend and they don’t get to drive the car.

"So I think it’s good for them and I think for the future of the sport it’s important that youngsters are actually getting the chance to drive an F1 car and experience a Grand Prix weekend properly rather than just watching what happens."