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Button ‘dreams of lighter cars’ but says F1’s “in a great place” · RaceFans

Button 'dreams of lighter cars' but says F1's "in a great place" · RaceFans

In the round-up: Jenson Button says lighter Formula 1 cars is “always the dream” as current ground effect cars are heaviest in history

In brief

Button ‘dreams of lighter cars’ but says F1’s “in a great place”

The 2009 F1 world champion says he would love to see F1 cars reduce in weight as the current minimum weight sits at almost 800kg.

Button will be racing in NASCAR’s Cup series in three races this season. Asked by RaceFans if he felt F1 could learn anything from NASCAR to improve racing in the world championship, Button said he would like to see lighter cars in future.

“I think F1’s in a great place,” Button said. “I enjoy the racing.

“The dream is that F1’s lighter, the cars are lighter. That’s always the dream, because I think as drivers we like lightweight cars – he says, as he’s about to race a stock car. But no, I’m happy with where F1 is. As long as we’re ready to tickle things here and there, if we think it’s necessary and try it and not be afraid, I think F1’s in a great place.”

Sainz confident Ferrari can play “better game” In Jeddah

Carlos Sainz Jnr is confident that Ferrari will enjoy better performance in Saudi Arabia this weekend than during the opening round in Bahrain.

Sainz claimed fourth for Ferrari in Bahrain, almost 50 seconds behind winner Max Verstappen. Sainz says the different circuit characteristics of Jeddah will result in a different outcome.

“The tarmac in Jeddah is very different – the limitation is not so much at the rear,” he explained. “So I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a bit different in other tracks.

“Bahrain is the most extreme for deg[redation] of the year, so we only have one example. So I’m confident at other circuits we can play a better game.”

Toyota quickest as WEC prologue test ends

Toyota set the pace across both days of the World Endurance Championship pre-season prologue test at Sebring ahead of this weekend’s opening round.

The No. 8 Toyota team of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa set the fastest time in the Hypercar class on the second and final day of running. The second Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez was second-quickest, while the Cadillac Racing Hypercar of Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook was third. Ferrari were fourth-fastest in the all-new 499P.

The WEC season begins with the 1,000 miles of Sebring, which takes place on Friday.

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