F1 » Button hints at deferred retirement plan

Jenson Button has said that his new McLaren deal may cause him to rethink the end of his F1 career.

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October 07, 2011 9:06 AM

McLaren have definately the best driver pairing, all is well in the camp when LH is on top. McLarens man management skills will be tested though if Button continues to be on top.

Dee - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 10:22 AM

First of all, I admit I'm not a fan of Lewis Hamilton. On saying that, I admit that on his day he is one of the fastest drivers in F1. For Button to be leading Hamilton in the Driver's Championship says a lot about Button's skill and mental approach to racing. Keeping all of this in mind, I for one hope that he will continue at McLaren for years to come. Not only is Button doing very well at the moment, but doing so keeps Hamilton honest and forces him to improve. As a true F1 fan, this is clearly the best result and will hopefully result in both drivers giving the sort of performance that we who are watching will be able to truly enjoy.

fish fingers - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 10:49 AM

It also says alot about the current cars. Button is a great driver but DRS has overnight turned some drivers into overtake kings and Lewis has lost one of his great advantages.


October 07, 2011 11:26 AM

Fish Fingers, DRS has helped but i think you'll find that Button hasn't had a problem overtaking....just look at what he did to get the drivers crown in Brazil and that was pre-DRS. In fact the main reason Jenson has made so many overtakes is down to poor qualifying if we are honest :)
There was also Monza where Lewis spent an age trying to get past Michael and yet Jenson breezed past him...ok it is never that simplistic with tyre deg and all that but i just think Jenson deserves all the plaudits he is getting atm. Lot's of people said Lewis would eat him alive and it hasn't happened.
And i am a fan of both so it's not a JB vs LH thing i'm trying to stoke up here. Just giving credit where it is due.
Hope these two can take it to the Red Bull boys next year

Squiggle - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 11:49 AM

When he first arrived in F1, I thought Button was totally overrated, but he has steadily improved and gained my respect and I'm becoming a proper fan of his. I thought it a ballsy but daft move to go to McLaren alongside Hamilton but he's drefinitely proving me wrong.

However it's easy forget the numpty moments he had at the beginning of the season... I will be very interested to see if he can keep up this level of performance. And in future years, with a competitive car, whether he can fight at the top, as it wasn't far from going very, very wrong in 2009. Last season he faded from the battle having led the championship and now there is nothing but pride to fight for. I'm not bashing him, just putting in some perspective - and I hope he can battle when it really matters!!!

stevyweavy - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 12:04 PM

I think the difference between Button's and Alonso's contract is that Alonso's is a fixed six year contract whereas most probably Button's is a rolling multi-year contract i.e. no fixed term and specified get out clauses on both sides.


October 07, 2011 2:04 PM
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The difference between Button's and Alonso's contract is Alonso has been given a fixed multi-year crutch in Massa, whereas Jenson would rather take up his crutch far later on in life.

Baggio - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 3:54 PM

There was also Monza where Lewis spent an age trying to get past Michael and yet Jenson breezed past him...


Jenson spent the whole race behind Kobayashi in Valencia last season the only reason he past was because it was mandatory for Koby to pit for the second set of tyres... Button also spent also 40 laps behind Schumacher in Malaysia last season.. Like how Alonso stared at Petrov's gear box more like staring at his 3rd WDC crown disappear

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