McClaren’s Jenson Button has admitted he is struggling to get to grips with the new tyres provided by Pirelli for the current Formula One season.
The confession comes as the 32-year-old gears up for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend. Button will be eager to make up for his poor showing last time out in Bahrain, which saw the Brit retire a lap from the end.
With German rival Sebastien Vettel beginning to pick up form too, there is little room for error, with a gap of ten points already set between the pair.
Despite the importance of the upcoming race though, Button admitted that he, and the McClaren team, are continuing to struggle with the Pirelli tyres.
"It's great for the sport and the fans, but for us as a team it's difficult to work out why one weekend we have the pace and the next weekend we don't,” he explained in an interview with Sporting Life.
The former world champion praised the aerodynamics of the car but admitted they had yet to master the sport’s tyres.
Despite this, he refused to blame the Italian compound manufacturer.
"Unless you are winning every race then it's very difficult to complain about the tyres because somebody is making them work,” he said.
“Some people are making it work, but you can't really point the finger at Pirelli and say it is their fault."
Qualifying for the race in Spain begins tomorrow.
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Posted by Danielle Barge