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Whitmarsh praises Button after new deal confirmed

Jenson Button is praised by McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh after putting pen to a paper on a contract extension
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh has praised Jenson Button as 'one of the most capable' drivers McLaren has ever had after the Briton agreed terms a new contract to stay with the team.

The team confirmed today [Wednesday] that Button had agreed a new multi-year deal to stay on alongside Lewis Hamilton [See separate story HERE], with the Briton insisting that the new deal gave him the best possible chance of fighting for a second championship title.

Should Button achieve his goal, he would join the likes of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda and current team-mate Hamilton as drivers to win the title in a McLaren car and Whitmarsh said the 31-year-old had shown himself to be amongst the top drivers to have raced for the team over the past two seasons.

“Jenson is a great driver and a great guy,” he said. “In fact, I can safely say that he's one of the most capable and respected drivers we've ever had, and I'm therefore absolutely delighted that he'll continue to work with us into the future. He's a considerable credit to this organisation, and I'm proud to be his team principal.

“I feel sure that he'll now build on the considerable success he's already achieved with us, and will be even more successful with us in years to come.

“I think he and Lewis say it better than anyone. Their comments show just how much they respect and trust each other, and they once again continue to prove what we as a team have always known: that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has the very best driver line-up in all of Formula 1."

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October 05, 2011 12:49 PM

Jenson Button's success has come because he has been treated equally with Lewis. Number two drivers have one thing in common, they get demoralised. Look at Massa,he is becoming progressively slower and taking team loyalty to extreme limits. Look at Mark Webber,the people's favourite, he has now conceded he will never win any F1 world championship. McLaren, should be thanked for the way they treat their drivers which brings out their best qualities if they have it in them.

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October 05, 2011 4:34 PM

still remember JB difficult years with BAR honda he's talented driver, he deserve better car and now he got it im happy for him among others F1 drivers i like JB driving style most so smooth, even side by side with others, smart manouvers i like to call him

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