F1 » Button: Honda deal ‘good news’, but no guarantee of future

Jenson Button has admitted that he values the freedom to dictate his future over the chance to be reunited with Honda.

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oldtimer - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 8:52 AM

The reality is that at his age his career is in it's last stages and he unlikely to be able to pick and choose if he leaves or is pushed out of Mclaren. Unlike Webber and Massa he has a World championship to look back on even if it was not the most well earned. He should stick with Mclaren bad as they are at the moment in the hope that they might improve in the next couple of years. A bad Mclaren is better than a average something else down the grid and it unlikely any of the top teams would want him at his age.

bob - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 9:10 AM

I think it's very unfair to say his WDC was not well earned. He took what he had and did the best with it that he could. Are you saying that Vettels 3 WDC's were not well earned? After all, the 2011 bull was far and away more superior than the brawn was.

Ever since winning the WDC he has finished in the top 5 in the WDC and would have won it again in 2011 had it not been for the the vast superiority of the red bull.

Lets put it this way, since they both won their WDC's, who out of Button and Hamilton has come closer to winning it again? And lets remember how Hamilton won his WDC - on the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the season because another driver was on the wrong tires.

Well earned?


May 23, 2013 9:13 AM

@oldtimer "Unlike Webber and Massa he has a World championship to look back on even if it was not the most well earned."

Compared to who or what? He stuck with Honda and then Brawn despite them either being too uncompetitive or paying him relatively little compared to other teams on the grid. He then found himself in a legal car that just so happened to be the fastest on the grid. Moreover, his team mate gave him a good run for his money so in what way was his World Championship 'not the most well earned'?

Pete Lacey - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 1:06 PM

Jenson's 2009 WDC was very well earned. Early in the season he was untouchable but Red Bull was coming on in leaps and bounds. During the second half of the season the Brawn car was losing its edge but never-the-less, Jenson kept scoring valuable points and won the Championship. Hamilton on the other hand was gifted his title by Timo Glock who's actions many fans still think was a put up job by instructions from the Pit wall. My heart went out to Massa in that awful moment of elation to desperation in a matter of 30 seconds. I would advise Jenson to stay with McLaren and if at a later stage they change from Mercedes to Honda Power it could work out well for them as a team. Whatever happens Jenson, we'll be supporting you till you stop driving race cars, Best of Luck mate in all you do.

Oldtimer - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 2:44 PM

Points well made by everyone but the fact is that Button is far too inconsistent to be rated in the top 3 or 4. In addition most world champions drive the best car and given the superiority of most of those cars it would be true to say that the at least half the grid would win in them. I'm also not clear what Hamilton has to do with it, as I've stated before I'm not a fanboy of anyone. Lots of champions have been gifted the position, that's how things were it does'nt happen these days because the cars are so reliable and there is no evidence to support the theory the Glock was told to move out of Hamiltons way. Zedd says Button stuck with Honda, I don't think he had much choice after he left Williams in the lurch and was rubbished by that well known bastien of the truth Flavio Briatore. Anyway the real point is that as much as I rate Button as a good bloke I don't rate him in the top echelon, he is inconsistent, does'nt qualify well which is almost fatal these days and last season dis

oldtimer - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 2:47 PM

disappeared for several races due to problems setting up his car, if he is so good at that why did he have to revert to Hamilton's settings? Finally I join with Pete Lacey in wishing him luck because I suspect he is going to need it
as things stand.

whitew - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 3:36 PM

Massa was robbed of a well earned championship by Glock allowing his mate Hamilton to pass on the last corner of the last race.

Button got a technical advantage, which has been stated to took opportunity, but he is not a top driver.

He only really tries when the car is perfect, when its not he sulks. Top drivers like Kimi, Fernando, Seb and Lewis drive the wheels of their cars every time they drive, not just when they feel like it.

Dump Button and get Kimi back......... please McLaren..........

jim crint - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 4:07 PM

Um....this nonsense about Glock persists still. If Glock had pitted like everybody else for wets he would have been behind Hamilton anyway. He took a gamble, the skies opened, he could drive any faster in those conditions on dry tyres, end of!

As for Kimi, one of the supposed top 4, who was comprehensively out driven by Massa in 2008 and then fired by Ferrari at the end of 2009 after another lacklustre year. I like Kimi, fast and brave, but consistent he is not.

And when does a driver who wins the WDC NOT have a technical advantage?!?


May 23, 2013 5:35 PM

jim you soon get used to all the conspiracy theories! yes, it happened exactly as you say, but does not take from the fact that it was a lucky break for lulu, who was on the cusp of losing the wdc, as seb had passed him and deprived him of points. still, luck is a big part of any wdc.

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