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Button not ready for supporting position

Jenson Button says he isn't ready for a supporting role at McLaren and will keep racing to win
Jenson Button says he isn't ready to take up a supporting role within the McLaren team despite seeing his chances of winning a second F1 title all but ended by his retirement in the Italian Grand Prix.

Just a week after his victory at Spa, Button was forced to retire at Monza while running in second place and is now 78 points behind Fernando Alonso as a result.

Although that means he is mathematically still in the title race, the reality is that it would take a monumental swing in fortunes for the Briton to stand any chance of repeating his title success of 2009.

With team-mate Lewis Hamilton only 37 points down on Alonso, the 2008 champion is now the man most likely to give McLaren the title this season but Button insisted that his approach wasn't going to change through the remainder of the season.

“It is going to be very difficult but nothing is going to change,” he was quoted by the Daily Express. “I am still going to race hard and try to win every race from here on in.

“Motivation is no problem for me because you always go into every race thinking you are going to win.

“The title is something you savour for ever. But with race victories, it's the moment and the adrenaline, it is really about living in the moment. You really see the emotions of the team and everyone around you.”

McLaren has already made it clear that it will allow Button and Hamilton to continue racing in track, but Button said he was prepared for the fact he would now start facing questions about playing a supporting role.

“I am sure I will be asked,” he said, “but it is a waste of time because the answers will be very short.”

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pottor - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 9:58 AM

In old money it is just over 30 points down with 7 races to go, ehhhh, hello, plenty of races left, just ask Kimi.... Simple fact is, why the hell would button want to help HIS number 2? Im not a Hamilton hater, or certainly not a fan, but to put it fairly simply, Button is just more deserved, he works harder. Nothing was handed to him in F1. The brand Hamilton is brand "BLING", the brand Button is brand "NORMAL BLOKE" workin his ass off. I know which one i respect.

bob - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 12:27 PM

It amazes me no end the people on this forum that call Jenson, Whitmarsh's golden boy. Whitmarsh has 2 drivers in his team. Both World Champs, both multiple winners in every season they have raced together and both have scored, as near as makes no difference, the same amount of points in the 2.5 seasons together. Yet one of those drivers CONSTANTLY criticizes the team and acts like a spoiled child, bringing bad press to the McLaren brand and has done for years. The other driver comes into the team, immediately endears himself to the team, is the MODEL employee and McLaren ambassador and is always upbeat, positive and thankful for the opportunity the team have given him. Hmmm....I WONDER WHY WHITMARSH LIKES HIM?

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