McLaren say Button late arrival no problem

Jenson Button

Nov.30 (GMM) Jenson Button’s late arrival at McLaren will not disadvantage him alongside teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2010, the team’s engineering director insists.

Because until very recently the 2009 world champion looked likely to stay at Brawn/Mercedes next season, McLaren’s MP4-25 has been designed without the 29-year-old Briton in mind.

But Paddy Lowe told the Daily Express that Button’s late arrival is not a problem.

“Although Jenson is a little taller than Lewis, we’ve used photographs to work out some rough measurements and we’re happy that Jenson will comfortably fit,” he said.

Lowe also denied that Hamilton’s three seasons of experience at McLaren means that the 2010 single seater is custom-designed to suit his driving style.

“Not at all. In fact, the opposite is true: you tend to design a racing car to be as neutral as possible,” he said.