McLaren: Jenson Button plays down 2014 changes

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Jenson Button has played down fears that Formula One will become more strategic when the radical engine changes come in for the 2014 season.

The teams currently use a 2.4 litre engine but will be required to switch to the smaller 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 models next year, while there will also be enforced alterations to the aerodynamics and energy systems in the cars.

With Red Bull having dominated the last few seasons, the measures have been brought in to try and reinvigorate the competition and make things more interesting for the spectators.

However, the proposals have been widely criticised by a number of experts, who have complained that races will be less exciting as the teams will become preoccupied with strategy in order to conserve their fuel.

Button came into the current campaign as one of the favourites for the title but has struggled to compete against the excellence of Sebastian Vettel.

The changes could in fact help the 2009 world champion, as his McLaren has struggled throughout 2013 and the new rules will allow his slower car time to catch up in races.

The 33-year-old believes the alterations have been blown out of proportion and is confident the teams will have found a way to get the most out of the laws by the first race in 2014.

“It’s standard stuff; it’s not like the car has been turned upside down,” Button said of the 2014 changes. “I don’t think we are going to see anything different next year; I don’t think you’re going to see much fuel saving.

“I think we are still going to see great racing.”

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