McLaren F1 to Jenson Button: Simulator is good enough to get ready for Monaco
The McLaren-Honda F1 team’s simulator is good enough for Jenson Button to prepare for the Monaco Grand Prix.
That is the view of McLaren racing director Eric Boullier, following driver Felipe Massa’s expression of surprise that Button sat out the recent post-Bahrain Grand Prix test. Button, 37, is making a one-off return to F1 in Monaco next month, filling in for Fernando Alonso who is tackling the Indy 500.
Button, however, will prepare only in McLaren’s state-of-the-art simulator.
“If the simulator is good enough, why don’t most of the top drivers want to use them?” Massa asked.
McLaren boss Boullier thinks the simulator is the best option for Button.
“Given the technology of this car, we decided that organising a test would not have been useful,” Boullier told the Spanish media outlet El Confidencial. “The simulator is very realistic, so it’s best for him to test the car there. After 10 laps, he’ll be fine.”
Massa, however, warned that the 2017 cars are “very different” to the cars that Button last raced in 2016, and the new cars require a higher level of fitness.
Button is not worried.
“I’ve done a lot of triathlon training recently, so I have no worries,” Button said.
Boullier agreed: “He’s only missed a handful of Grands Prix and he’s as fit as a fiddle. And he’s always been good at Monaco. He’ll do a great job, I’m sure of that.”