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Button says new Sepang asphalt feels "very strange"

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Button says new Sepang asphalt feels "very strange"
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Sep 30, 2016, 10:23 AM

Jenson Button says the new Sepang asphalt is "very strange", the Briton admitting it was hard to get to grips with the surface during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Jenson Button, McLaren Honda
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Jenson Button, McLaren Honda

The circuit has been resurfaced for this year's event, with all the bumps having been removed and the cambers at some corners changed.

While the new asphalt is less abrasive and easier on the tyres, Button admitted he was not a fan of it.

"It's very strange. You get a full sense of hope with it, because you feel like you have a lot of grip and suddenly it's taken away from you," said Button.

"It's very strange, very difficult to read. It feels very like Sochi, in a way. It's tricky asphalt.

"The best guys in the world, we normally feel when we are getting oversteer, but with this it just comes out of nowhere, so it's very difficult."

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, on the other hand, felt the track was now providing more grip and said the changes were for the better.

"It has quite a bit more grip," he said. "Before you were struggling with traction, but it seems like the changes they have made to the track is better."

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