F1 » F1 experts react to new McLaren line-up with caution

Leading figures from Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard to Murray Walker and Martin Brundle have revealed their concerns at F1 2009 World Champion Jenson Button's move from Brawn GP to McLaren-Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2010

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November 18, 2009 3:42 PM
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Glad to see that the experts are saying what a lot on these boards have been saying for quite some time. Button is making a bad move. I said it in the other thread Button will be outdriven, out qualified, and out classed by Lewis. He is a 2nd tier driver period.


November 18, 2009 3:43 PM

The thing they forget to mention is that Jenson is a team player whereas Teflonso and the others have all been in it for themselves and stamp their feet when they do not get there way. Thats why they always leave. AND ROn Dennis is the one who created that bad atmosphere in the first place, and he has gone now. Whitmarsh is a different kettle of fish. Jenson is capable of being everyone's buddy and bringing a team together, those are his strengths. Plus he will have the NO 1 on his car, which has to stand for something. LH wont like that much so it's a huge psychological boost for Button driving that around all year.

Fish - Unregistered

November 18, 2009 3:56 PM

Could be quite a smart move for Mclaren. Button is regarded as being gentle on the tyres and with no refueling next year, Hamiltons style may prove a bit too hard on them on longer heavy runs. That said, I would have to pick Hamilton every time in a straight fight.

trigger - Unregistered

November 18, 2009 4:35 PM

As a fan of Jenson, i understand that this move will either shut up all doubts about his performances or it can show up his abilities. Im just concerned about his mental strength which is not always with him... after a few unlucky drives he can fall down. But if ferrari did the job with massa and raikkonen, why not mclaren with JB and LH?
good luck JB :)

honestly - Unregistered

November 18, 2009 4:48 PM

Watch as Hamilton and son try to take over McLaren again in response to Button and miss out on yet another WDC.It will be hillarious to watch Lewis jump around and proclaim HE is the number one driver,not the CURRENT World Champion Button.


November 18, 2009 4:56 PM

Take over McL AGAIN.. what are you on? Lewis will be in his fourth year with Mcl. He has a 2,1,5 finish in championships he has contested. That is an average finish of 2.66. I would say he is either the number one driver in F1 or number two. Thats in F1 not just McL.

Whither Alonso

November 18, 2009 5:06 PM

Great Off-season so far

A) Poor Jenson, finally gets a little respect and now McLaren politics, yikes!
B) Interesting to see McLaren as a customer rather than a Partner with Mercedes. It's definitely not going to be the same.
C) Look for Force India to be on par with McLaren.

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