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Button: McLaren, not Ferari, is team for me

Jenson Button again denies that he is poised to quit McLaren to team up with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.
Jenson Button has admitted that he cannot understand why he continues to be linked to a possible Ferrari ride, insisting that he has not been approached by anyone from Maranello.

The Briton's names has recently come up again as a potential replacement for the under-fire Felipe Massa [see story here], but maintains that, other than pleasantries, he has not spoken to anyone who could make the move a reality. On top of that, he insists that he is happy with his lot at McLaren, despite suffering a mid-season slump in results that have left him a long way off potential Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso in the championship standings.

"There has always been contact - I always say 'hello' and 'how are you?' when I see Stefano Domenicali in the paddock," Button told Italy's Autosprint magazine, "But he knows and I know that I have a contract for next year. The Italians are passionate about sports, especially motorsport, but [McLaren] is the right place for me now."

Button added that he could not understand why his name had been raised as candidate for Massa's seat, where he joins an ever-changing list that has, from time to time, also included Kimi Raikkonen, Mark Webber, Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, Pastor Maldonado.

"Although I've always said 'never say never', I really don't know why [the speculation] has been focused so strongly in my direction," Button pondered, referring to a previous comment, made in the heat of his contract negotiations with McLaren, in which he suggested that boyhood favourite Ferrari would be a team he'd like to drive for.

That move is unlikely to come in the next couple of years - and, if the Scuderia pair Alonso with a young charger like Perez, maybe never - as Button admits that, while he admires the Spaniard, he would not be prepared to accept secondary status.

"He is a very intelligent driver and, maybe, in a parallel universe, I'd happily work with him," the Briton mused, "It would be difficult, but it's always interesting to have someone next to you who's so tough, so smart. I admire him as I admired Alain Prost. He's created a great atmosphere around him, with very good people. I'm sorry for Felipe, but I think Fernando has the whole team around him."

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29.07.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 leads Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
22.03.2012- Press conference, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
06.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
Fernando Alonso - McLaren MCL32
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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
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McLaren MCL32
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Sean - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 2:17 PM

I used to despise Jenson when I was young and immature. I even beat him in carting, although over the last 4-5 years he's become my idol, more-or-less!... I met him in the Apple store just before the Singapore GP in 2009, he actually remembered me, we had a chat and he really seemed to have got his head together. We had a chat for a few mins and even talked as we walked down Regents Street, thoroughly nice guy... from what he was I must stress!... I'm a die hard Schumacher fan, but to be honest, Jense is fast becoming the man of F1 for me. Go Jense, I would love to see him in a Ferrari, do I think it will ever happen? Unfortunately not!... Still, gotta love Jenson.

Liam48 - Unregistered

August 09, 2012 5:25 PM

@Sean I know how you feel, I used to beat people at minimoto racing that are now racing at junior world level but at least you can say you beat the 2009 World Champion. Anyway I think Jenson is a great driver and a really nice guy, he seems like a guy that is really down to earth and easy to have a conversation with. Going to Ferrari would be a silly move because if he was ever in front of Alonso he would be told to move over which I think he wouldn't do but there is no point in leaving a team where you can win races and have equal status as your team mate. This is just another silly rumour.

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