Jenson Button dismisses Mugello testing

27th April 2012

McLaren driver Jenson Button has dismissed next week's scheduled practice in Mugello, arguing that it offers no inherent benefit to the team.

It comes after teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton outlined his plans to head to northern Italy at the beginning of next month to practice.

The plans follow Hamilton's disappointing eighth-placed finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Button meanwhile failing to finish the race.

But despite a similarly poor performance, the 32-year-old has quashed any suggestions of also heading out there to get a better feel for the tyres.

"I don't really think we will be a benefit because there aren't any massive updates to try," he told the Press Association.

The comments come just days after Button hit out at the team's failure to cope on the Pirelli tyres being used in the sport this season.

Button and Hamilton had begun the race high up on the grid, following a strong qualifying session, but soon fell away for a number of reasons.

"The pit stops weren't that special either, and our tyre deg (degradation) was higher than most," the 32-year-old said.

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