Button changes style for 2012 Pirellis

1st August 2012

Jenson Button has admitted that he has changed his notoriously smooth driving style in order to accommodate the new Pirelli tyres this season.

The former world champion said that he found the tyres "difficult to understand" and that he'd tried a new approach that damaged his competitiveness for a number of races.

After a run of seven points in six grands prix, the British driver finally scored his first podium finish since the third race of the season at Hockenheim last week.

Commenting on the change of tactics, Button said: "For me the last race was better because I felt that the parts we put on the car worked for us and I think maybe they're getting the tyres to work more in the dry conditions; getting them in their working range and then you play with them like a normal race tyre."

The season will resume in September after Formula One's summer break.

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Posted by Danielle Barge