F1 » Button: No reason to leave McLaren

Lewis Hamilton may have left in search of a new challenge, but Jenson Button insists that he is happy where he is....

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snail - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 6:28 PM

Here's hoping that Jenson has a good year as he is a Gentleman racer and one of the hardest workers out there. I have some cash on him for the title at 6/1...not bad odds.

jim crint - Unregistered

March 13, 2013 7:07 PM

I really like the way the drivers are spread out over the top teams. It seems Jenson, Lewis, Alonso, Kimi & Vettel are considered by most to be the number ones but they all have teammates that, at the very least, will give them a run for their money and could well do a whole lot more than that. Rosberg, Massa & Grosjean are going to be very strong this year, I feel, and may surprise a lot of people. And Perez could give Button a scare or two I think this is Jenson's year at McLaren, with Sergio bedding in. He may stay for a while yet, but I doubt he'll have a better chance to win another WDC than this year.

oldtimer - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 9:20 AM

The facts are that Button is nearing the end of his career and he needs to win another championship to secure his position in the F1 heirachy. He may have a "long term" contract whatever that is but if he does'nt deliver I can see McClaren looking elseware especially as he his very well paid and teams are looking at their budgets. I would think he has another two seasons and if he does'nt deliver another championship there will be an embarrasing meeting with Martin Whitmarsh if he's still there. I sincerely hope it does'nt come to this as I'm a great fan despite giving him a hard time occassionly but F1 is a hard game and if you don't deliver all the time you tend to end up looking for another job.

jim crint - Unregistered

March 14, 2013 11:20 AM

@oldtimer, can't disagree with any of that. I like Button, I think he's got a lot of great qualities as a driver, with one or two flaws. There's no other driver in F1 with as smooth a style as his which, last year, was a problem for him as he couldn't get the tyres to work. It's great to watch. But you're right. He has a couple of seasons to deliver before McLaren start to look elsewhere.

And he is incredibly strong mentally. Remember how, early on in his career, he had Flavio Briatore saying bad things, then Villeneuve dismissing him (before being embarrassed by Button), then all those trying years in mainly crap Hondas before Brawn, then joining 'Lewis Hamilton's Team'!, with all the pundits expecting him to do badly. It's impressive. I hope he has a great year!

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