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McLaren prepare for 2014 with radical set-up in India

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McLaren are looking to improve their chances of a rebound in 2014 by testing new ideas in the final four races this year it is reported.

While details of what they are trying are unknown, Jenson Button has revealed he will have what is described as a "radical" set-up on his MP4-28 at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

"You definitely go places with the car that you would not normally do because you would be worried about giving points away if the weekend went wrong," he told Autosport.

"Here I have a set-up on my car that is completely different to any other race we have had the last couple ofyears - just to see where we are. It might help us next year.

"We are in a position where we can do that because we are not fighting for winning races, podiums or the championship so there are some positives to take out of it. And there aren't many in a difficult season."

With all of McLaren's focus now on 2014, given the team's comfortable fifth place in the Constructor's standings, the team is hoping it can make up for the struggles in 2013, by using the final races to experiment.

"You learn where you cannot put things in terms of front wing angles and how the airflow is over the car," he said.

"And that will really help us for next year's car."To have a bad year this year was probably the best year to have it, because you can learn a lot for the new package of 2014."

Meanwhile Button has also expressed his concerns over young Russian Daniil Kvyat who is set to make his F1 debut in 2014 with Toro Rosso.

Now 33, Button entered F1 aged just 20-years-old when he joined Williams in 2000, and the 2009 champion believes Kvyat would have benefited from another year in a lower formula.

"It's definitely tougher now," said Button after he was asked how Kvyat's move compared to his.

"There is a lot less testing than there used to be, so it is a lot more difficult. It is tough on the guy.

Button also believes the 19-year-old may not as well prepared for life in F1 as he thinks despite impressing in GP3, one of F1's feeder series.

"Of course he is thinking it is a great break and he is going to race in F1 but, if you could have the choice of entering F1 at 19 after a year in F3 and GP3, or doing a couple of years in a different category, you would definitely go for a couple more years.

"That way you could learn a lot more about slicks and wings categories, and learn a lot more of the circuits you race on, and the way an F1 team goes racing.

"It is so different to anything else. In most [junior] teams you have 12 guys working for you, but in an F1 team you have 700 people working. It is a very different atmosphere.

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