Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will not only be the fastest pairing in F1 next season, but also the most complete, that's the belief of McLaren-Mercedes team principal, Martin Whitmarsh.
Speaking following official confirmation on Wednesday that the Woking-based outfit has poached Button from rivals Brawn, the team that will be re-branded Mercedes GP in 2010, Whitmarsh added that the Englishman's decision to sign for McLaren wasn't motivated by money.
"Everybody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Jenson to our team," Whitmarsh stated. "It has always been our policy to employ the two very best possible drivers – and, in Jenson and Lewis, we feel we not only have the fastest pairing on the 2010 grid, but also the two most complete, professional and dedicated drivers in Formula 1.
"Moreover, I'm confident that we'll be able to successfully balance and harness Jenson's and Lewis's complementary skill-sets.
"Our engineers are already looking forward to working with Jenson, and I'm convinced that such a strong and dynamic driver line-up will make us an even more complete and competitive operation. Now we have to provide Jenson and Lewis with race-winning machinery.
"I want to make clear that Jenson's decision to join us was in no way motivated by money. We'll be paying him no more than he could be getting elsewhere, and that fact is a reflection of not only Jenson's belief in Vodafone McLaren Mercedes but also his desire and ambition to build on the phenomenal results he achieved during the 2009 season.
"We are ambitious, we are motivated and we are hungrier than ever. We make no secret of our ambition for next year: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes wants to win both World Championships – and, with Jenson and Lewis, we believe we are better equipped than any other F1 team in the pitlane to do exactly that," Whitmarsh summed-up.