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2015-07-30 11:44

PULL UP THE SOCKS: McLaren's Jenson Button agrees with former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya that drivers need to do more work. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

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Former F1 World Champion Jenson Button drives F1 legend Aryton Senna's championship-winning car - the McLaren MP4/6.

LONDON, England - Jenson Button has backed former Formula 1 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 pinnacle of motor sport, former McLaren and Williams driver Montoya suggested that tyre and brake temperature sensors be banned.

' A FEEL THING'

The Colombian, who has raced in Nascar and IndyCars since leaving F1 last decade, said today's GP stars “have become lazy" because they were fed too much information about tyres and brakes by their engineers.

"If you take all that away it becomes a ‘feel’ thing again," he had said recently.

Button, a contemporary of Montoya who today (July 2015) is a McLaren driver and was asked about Montoya's comments by Auto Motor and Sport, 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.

"Pablo is right - though I never would have thought we would have the same opinion!"

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