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Button retirement may be pushed back by McLaren deal

Indeed, Button's new deal will raise speculation that it will be Hamilton who quits McLaren first, the younger Briton having hinted that he could become impatient if the team does not produce a car to take on Red Bull Racing, and challenge for the title, at the front of the field. Button, meanwhile, remains optimistic that the Woking squad will be able to recapture former glories - its last title came courtesy of Hamilton in 2008 - and repay his faith in re-signing instead of opting to throw his lot in with a childhood dream of racing in red.

Ferrari currently trails both RBR and McLaren in the constructors' championship and Fernando Alonso, to whom Button would ostensibly have been a clear 'number two', has won just one race in 2011. While Button has only twice stood on top of the podium, Hamilton's own brace of victories have shown McLaren to be a better bet than its Italian rival this season, and the older Briton admits that nostalgia has a lot to do with the apparent lure of Ferrari.

"It's not a regret now, is it?" he said in response to questions suggesting that he may now have missed the boat to Maranello, "I don't regret anything at the moment. I think every driver is excited about Ferrari because they remember the past and what Ferrari have achieved in the past, but they are not the only team. I think a lot of drivers would like to be in a Ferrari if it was the right circumstances and the right situation, but they are not very often.

“I think this is a great opportunity over the next couple of years to really work closely with McLaren. We are so close to fighting with Red Bull, [and] I think it is good to have the continuity going forward for the next couple of years. It is going to help us take the fight to [RBR] next season."

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09.09.2011- Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
31.07.2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26 and Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26
25.09.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 race winner, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26, 2nd position and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 3rd position
25.09.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
23.09.2011- Friday Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
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Dee - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 10:22 AM

First of all, I admit I'm not a fan of Lewis Hamilton. On saying that, I admit that on his day he is one of the fastest drivers in F1. For Button to be leading Hamilton in the Driver's Championship says a lot about Button's skill and mental approach to racing. Keeping all of this in mind, I for one hope that he will continue at McLaren for years to come. Not only is Button doing very well at the moment, but doing so keeps Hamilton honest and forces him to improve. As a true F1 fan, this is clearly the best result and will hopefully result in both drivers giving the sort of performance that we who are watching will be able to truly enjoy.


October 07, 2011 11:26 AM

Fish Fingers, DRS has helped but i think you'll find that Button hasn't had a problem overtaking....just look at what he did to get the drivers crown in Brazil and that was pre-DRS. In fact the main reason Jenson has made so many overtakes is down to poor qualifying if we are honest :) There was also Monza where Lewis spent an age trying to get past Michael and yet Jenson breezed past him...ok it is never that simplistic with tyre deg and all that but i just think Jenson deserves all the plaudits he is getting atm. Lot's of people said Lewis would eat him alive and it hasn't happened. And i am a fan of both so it's not a JB vs LH thing i'm trying to stoke up here. Just giving credit where it is due. Hope these two can take it to the Red Bull boys next year

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