F1 » McLaren still favourite for Button

An option on its side of their current contract suggests that McLaren has a head-start when it comes to securing the services of Jenson Button for 2012.

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rty400 - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 9:07 AM

So what now. If both drivers will go and then back to zero. These paddock secrets may be true but I don't think Mclaren will gamble next season with two new drivers. Look at what happened to Merc GP formerly Brawn GP, they seem can't dial the car to the best of its capability with a new driver on board. Lengthen the wheel base, shorten the wheel base, the car is undrivable. These are the driver's complaints when they jump to a car. If they can't keep hammyboy and mr. raining man for a drive next season, at least they must get back kimi and heikki with these two they can still drive the Mclaren cars.


June 21, 2011 9:08 AM

So, McLaren have the fastest race car and will soon catch up in qualifying, lots of people want to drive their car and neither Button nor Hamilton have given their signatures in blood. Now let's see if there's any actual NEWS :-)


June 21, 2011 9:44 AM

Of both McLaren drivers I reckon Jenson will be the one to show the cars real potential.Hamilton seems to have his head elsewhere and it appears Button is the one with the real driving skill.

oldtimer - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 9:51 AM

It makes sense for Button to stay where he is, he has stated that he would walk away if his team gave team orders. Ferrari do just that and in addition I cannot see
Alonso wanting Button as anything but No2 to him. Button has several more years at the top at least and I don't see any other team good enough or in a position to afford him. He has gained kudos within McClaren despite Ron Dennis not being a fan at one time and with more good results likem Canada he wil be in a very strong position to get a better deal from McClaren.


June 21, 2011 10:28 AM

Fastest car in race trim? Maybe when Red Bull are on the wrong tyres or in changeable conditions when Red Bull have a dry set up! The race trim pace is a myth, they qualify in race trim!

ferret .

June 21, 2011 11:31 AM

Good choice, so far this season Button has shown his worth by bringing in the results.
He be my first choice to stay at McLaren.
He has a great car that is closer to the Red Bull than any other team.


June 21, 2011 12:15 PM

blzbub. " they qualify in race trim"????? no they dont!. there is non restricted use of drs in quali, and engine mapping is changed. they could not race with the usage of fuel as encountered in quali.

speedtrap - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 2:42 PM

McL has an option on JB for '12, and as richardo says, maybe all this Ferrari talk is just a means of obtaining additional padding for his wallet, next year. JB should definitely stay one more year at least. His stock is rising, with some great results, he is getting better and better and maybe, just maybe, he can really challenge for this years title. I'd love to see that.
After 2012, It would be greatto see him take on Alfonso at Ferrari. He wasn't afraid to go up against Lewis was he!, so why not?
He could option his services to the Red team for 2013 on, with a suitably large bag of wonga and equal status with FA. Then we'd see how mememeboy copes.
Alfonso definitely struggled against Lewis in '07 didn't he! In fact he choked, big time. Threw all his toys out of the pram.
Forza Buttoni, Andiamo!!!

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 2:55 PM

If Button is asked to stay for 5 years he should sign immediately. All this big talk of not wanting a long term contract is just for show. If one of the big three give you a chance for a long term contract at Button's age, you should grab a pen and sign quickly.

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