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McLaren: Button will be a real asset

2009 F1 champion Jenson Button will help McLaren-Mercedes step up to a new level in 2010, says Jonathan Neale.
Jenson Button's hunger will be a boost for McLaren next season, that's the view of managing director, Jonathan Neale.

Button, who of course won the F1 drivers' title this season, was confirmed by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes after inking a 'multi-year' deal at the end of last month. The agreement means that he will switch from Brawn Grand Prix to team up with 2008 F1 world champion and fellow countryman, Lewis Hamilton.

Speaking to British tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail earlier this week, Neale added that the way Button clinched the title in Brazil was very impressive.

"We were very impressed by his forceful race at Interlagos," Neale told the 'paper. "We know Jenson is fully capable of learning very quickly, taking things on board and absorbing information fast.

"In fact, we are looking forward to that hunger. It will be about how we prioritise his arrival in January to take best advantage of that desire to learn and improve.

"He's a very smart guy, and all our engineers are tremendously excited about working with two world champions next year - they'll both devour hard work.

"They're a real asset for us, but, more importantly, I also think they are an extremely exciting prospect for every F1 fan."

Meanwhile, Neale has rejected suggestions that the Hamilton-Button partnership won't work - and that Jenson will struggle to adapt to a team that has been pretty much built around Hamilton in recent years.

"I'm absolutely convinced they'll be a fantastic and competitive partnership. The reality is they'll both bring different skill-sets to the table," he continued.

"From January onwards we'll be able to very rapidly bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on a number of issues - particularly during pre-season testing.

"In some ways, it multiplies our opportunities in a grand prix too. There could well be tracks where Jenson's skill-set is better suited to the challenge, and equally, tracks where Lewis could excel.

"In the past, Jenson has demonstrated considerable talent at high-speed circuits, and we are looking forward to building that into our arsenal. As long as we provide both drivers with equal opportunities and equal machinery - something we have always done at this team - then we hope they will be very competitive everywhere we go."


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107SS2009

December 05, 2009 12:17 PM

A lot has been said about JB money and Brawn, JB and Mclaren, and JB and LULU, apart from having to wait and see what will happen racing wise between JB and LULU here is what Ross Brawn had to say, JB’s move to Mclaren have nothing to do with money, whatever is said it was not about money, in the end our offer was even more attractive then Mclaren’s , JB obviously wanted to be in the same car against LULU, that’s brave and I have to respect it.



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