F1 » 'Old boy' Button ‘thrilled’ by Honda return

Former Honda works driver Jenson Button has welcomed the news that the Japanese marque is to be McLaren's F1 engine partner from 2015.

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gaz1973 - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 5:19 PM

JB is the perfect fit for Honda, He is a marketing dream and is highly regarded by top brass at Honda, dont think they will be obliged to run a Japenese driver either, I'm sure there will be a B-Squad for that.

Tony C - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 10:13 PM

McLaren need Button for continuity for the foreseeable future - at a guess I'd say he's there til the end of '15 or '16 when he'll probably call it a day.

I can't see them ditching Perez any time soon, but I wouldn't be surprised if Kobayashi took on testing duties for the team ready to slot in for 2015 should the need arise...

Fletcher - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 3:38 AM

There is no loyalty with driver/manufacture. Besides Toyota doesn't even exist in F1. Kobayashi is popular and he is fast and he gets on well with Perez. Button is an expensive hasbeen.

Ron - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 3:52 AM

There is a good chance that Kobayashi will have been without a driver for two years at this rate (doubt he will have one anywhere next year either, without sponsorship), don't think he would return with McLaren.

Wonder if McLaren will want a some what junior team with Honda engines too, that could be a good spot for Kobayashi

not racist - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 5:55 AM

Why does anyone think Honda would want a Japanese driver. Look at the rest of the field:

Of the current drivers Only Romain Grosjean (who is actually Swiss), Nico Rosberg, and Adrian Sutil race cars with the same engines nationality as them.

Even as far as teams go, only Button and Rosberg drive for teams that are based in the same country as they were born.

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