Button supports extra tyres for third drivers

Thursday 18th April 2013, 21:02 by TF1T Staff 

McLaren

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."

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