Jenson Button says he is excited about the prospect of becoming McLaren's de facto team leader next year.
Button will be joined by the relatively inexperienced Sergio Perez at the team next year, which means there will be more reliance on him to head up car development this winter. But rather than be unsettled by the prospect of having a new teammate in 2013, Button believes the change of situation will even help make him better.
"It is always exciting having new teammates," he said in Korea. "You always learn something from someone, even if they are inexperienced.
"It is always interesting to see how they read data and their style of driving. He [Perez] is obviously not as experienced as Lewis, and Lewis has been here [at McLaren] a lot longer than I have, so I suppose you do lose a little bit. But I am not worried. I feel I can set up a car with my engineers pretty well, and I like pressure on us to perform, I like that feeling.
"I have had that through most of my career at BAR and Honda, and it is something I enjoy - and something I am looking forward to."
Button is also well aware that the departure of Lewis Hamilton means that he will now be central to the work this winter on the 2013 contender.
"It is better for me going forward to the end of the year for next year's car, yes," he said.