Button to get first crack at McLaren’s new F1 challenger

London: British racer Jenson Button will get the first opportunity to drive McLaren’s new Formula One challenger.

Button, who performed better than his teams mate Lewis Hamilton during last season, will be in the cockpit of the British super team’s MP4-27 when it hits the track at Jerez, Spain, on February 7.

The four-day long F1`s first pre-season test will Button driving for the first two days and Hamilton will finish of the programme, a daily reports.

However, their roles will be reversed during the second test at the Barcelona, a move that is touted as McLaren’s attempt to satisfy egos of both the aces.

The third test again at Barcelona will see Button test driving on the first and the third day whereas Hamilton will test drive on the second and the last day. The new car by McLaren had cleared F1’s compulsory crash test at the end of the last year and is expected to be ready before the start of the testing.