F1 » Button: I’m not going anywhere


Jenson Button says he isn't planning to leave McLaren and can't imagine racing elsewhere in F1

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Zedd

August 26, 2013 4:02 PM

He's got it pretty good at McLaren so why should he leave? Next year everything changes so leaving them is as much a gamble as staying will be. At least he'll know that they've been focussing on next year's car for a while now (and hopefully they haven't cocked that one up either).

JJJ

August 26, 2013 5:41 PM

Problem is McLaren has committed to Perez for the coming years. Not that Perez is a bad driver, but so far he hasn't really shone in the McLaren either and it's not clear if he's good enough to lead the charge for a topteam in the future. That means that fore the foreseeable future, McLaren could do with an elite driver next to Perez and Button is just not quite that IMO.

Seems to me like they have signed two drivers who are perfectly ok as 2nd drivers at a top team (one the experienced hand that is a certainty for a decent amount of points, one the young talent with upside potential), but especially if the car isn't likely to be the absolute best you need a bonafide top driver to have a shot at victories and a championship.

JJJ

August 26, 2013 5:48 PM
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McLaren is in a tough spot right now that's been inevitable ever since Mercedes got their own team. Engine wise not being the factory team anymore might not be as bad as it was before but they also lost funding. They used to be among the big spenders, but now there are 3 teams with more cash to burn (Ferrari, Merc, RBR) and one team trying to creep up there (Genii/Lotus).

This year and maybe next year will be kind of like the years they went through after Honda left and Mercedes came and they had to bridge the gap on the cheap with Peugeot engines (eventhough Senna tested a McLaren-Lamborghini which he was apparently positive about but RD chose the cheap deal with Peugeot).

Luckily for the team, Honda is coming back in 2015. Too many years like that and you end up like Williams.

bobsmyname

August 26, 2013 6:36 PM

I just love all the comments from the arm chair experts informing us all that Button is not one of the F1 elite or even a top driver. We continually hear that he's a steady number 2 who's good for getting points.

Really?

Are you talking about the Jenson Button who won the WDC and then, despite everyone telling us he only won it because he had the best car, was immediately offered a drive with one of the top 3 teams on the grid?

Then once there went on to out score Lewis Hamilton, the guy who was going to DESTROY him, beat him over the course of a season on the way to 2nd place in the WDC, something Lewis never got even close to during their time as team mates.

Since driving a competitive car, Button has won more races than anyone on the grid besides Vettel and before the disaster that is this years McLaren, had scored more points than any other driver on the grid besides Vettel and Alonso.

Is that the Jenson Button you are talking about?

Geist

August 26, 2013 6:50 PM

He's been in worse positions during his career and it never stopped him from that first win, he's a world champion and seemingly a decent guy. He'll be with mclaren for a number of years yet, and he'll certainly get another title providing he gets a front running car.

benignlyindifferent

August 26, 2013 6:52 PM

McLaren want him and he wants to stay. He has performed extremely well for them over the years, when the car was up to it, and he will win again. Not a number one? Has outperformed or at least held his own against every teammate in F1, Villeneuve, Barrichello, and Hamilton included. Won a world championship along the way. Must be doing something right....

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