F1 » Jenson Button: I want to be in the 30 per cent minority!

Assuring that he is heading into F1 2010 on an absolutely 'equal footing' with new McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, defending world champion Jenson Button reveals that his principal goal is to overcome the statistical odds

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January 21, 2010 1:12 PM

Anybody out there getting as tired as I am of hearing Crash.net write crap about Jens leaving the "safe familiar surroundings of RBR/Merc"? Get over it Crash.net, Jens was never going to drive for Mercedes. Shumi was, and Merc knew it since mid 2009! With Schumi soon to come, there was no need for a good offer to Jens or anybody else near the top. Clearly Mercedes were just as willing to seal a deal with Nico as with Jens, and when they did, there was no place for Jens. Button was fortunate to get in with McLaren -- fortunate McLaren had Hamilton and did not need to give Raikkonen a competitive offer. Anyway Crash.net, there never were any "safe familiar surroundings" for Jens at RBR/Merc.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

January 21, 2010 1:42 PM

@ Nutballracer - You are spot on! JB was right to to McL, Merc/Brawn went soft on him as soon as MS showed interest in racing again. AS for JB and LH. JB is WDC and he'll have to go and beat LH - if he can. No different to anyone joining McL


January 21, 2010 3:30 PM

Just that time of year folks - no action to speak of so a load of bull instead! Frankly, Jens should forget this crap about being one of the 30% to retain a world championship. Those 30% are the ones who focused completely on the job ahead and had the ability to make it happen. Personally I think if the car suits Jenson's style then he has an outside chance. Just looking forward to some evidence when the track action starts rather than the speculation that is suffocating us all!

Sweeble - Unregistered

January 21, 2010 3:52 PM

I think people are missing the point when they say that McLaren is Lewis' team, this isn't the problem, the problem is that LH is a more agressive, faster and more focussed racer and this risks JB being made to look very ordinary. Though if JB beats LH this will increase his stock in F1 no end.


January 21, 2010 4:46 PM

Of course you could argue that Hamiltons race engineer, Phil Prew, beng promoted to chief engineer means Hamilton could be favoured over Button in certain circmstances.

Rather depends on Mr Prews professionalism I suppose.

Arrows - Unregistered

January 21, 2010 6:44 PM

He is joining a team where his team mate WILL be favoured, having number 1 on his car won't count for much in that respect and he doesn't have Ross Brawn to help him this year either. Credit to him for being confident but he has very slim chance of even beating Hamilton, let alone retaining the title

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