Jenson Button has backed former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya’s proposal to spice up the sport “straight away”. Asked about F1’s high-profile struggle to maintain its position at the very pinnacle of motor sport, former McLaren and Williams driver Montoya suggested that tyre and brake temperature sensors should simply be banned. The Colombian, who has raced in Nascar and Indycar since leaving F1 last decade, said today’s grand prix stars have become “lazy” because they are fed too much information about the tyres and brakes by engineers.
“If you take all that away it becomes a feel thing again,” he had said recently. When asked about Montoya’s comments, his former contemporary Button, today a McLaren driver, answered: “That’s how it was in the past. Nobody was giving you any temperatures so you had to feel if they were getting too hot or not,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. So Juan Pablo is right, and I never would have thought we would have the same opinion!”.