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Button values freedom over Honda deal

Jenson Button has admitted that he values the freedom to dictate his future over the chance to be reunited with Honda.
Jenson Button has admitted that, while news of Honda's return as engine supplier is 'good news' for the beleaguered McLaren team, it is no guarantee that he will enjoy a prolonged stay at Woking.

The Briton built up a strong relationship with the Japanese giant during his stint as a 'works' driver between the team's spells as BAR and Brawn, and welcomed its decision to return to the top flight under F1's new engine rules, even if he faces another year with Mercedes power in 2014.

“I've got a lot of connections to Japan, and Honda is one of them,” Button reflected, “I spent a lot of time working with them in the old days… It seems like a long time ago now, but [there were] a lot of very positive moments and I look forward to that in the future.

“I thought [the announcement] was good news. As a team, it's good news for the future, but I also think for the sport as a whole, it's fantastic news. Having another engine manufacturer in the sport is good and I think, with the new regulations, it's going to bring in other manufacturers.

“Honda being the first to announce that is great and hopefully there will be more. But it's a long way down the road still, so we've got to focus on what we're doing at the moment with Mercedes.”

The news of the Honda deal was accompanied by McLaren MD Jonathan Neale saying that 'Jenson will drive here for as long as he wants to drive here' [ see separate story], but the 33-year old admitted that, while he was happy with his current lot, he didn't want to be tied down long term.

“I don't know what that means - I don't want to think about the future too much at the moment,” he told journalists in Monaco, “I think that you've got to live for the moment and I don't think that trying to agree a lengthy deal for the future is something that is interesting at the moment for me.

“I'm 13 years in the sport, I want to have freedom and the feeling that, if it doesn't feel right any more, [I can] stop. I definitely don't feel that yet. It feels that it is going to be a long way down the road [but], for me, that freedom is important in the future.”




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Zedd

May 23, 2013 9:13 AM

@oldtimer "Unlike Webber and Massa he has a World championship to look back on even if it was not the most well earned." Compared to who or what? He stuck with Honda and then Brawn despite them either being too uncompetitive or paying him relatively little compared to other teams on the grid. He then found himself in a legal car that just so happened to be the fastest on the grid. Moreover, his team mate gave him a good run for his money so in what way was his World Championship 'not the most well earned'?

bob - Unregistered

May 23, 2013 9:10 AM

I think it's very unfair to say his WDC was not well earned. He took what he had and did the best with it that he could. Are you saying that Vettels 3 WDC's were not well earned? After all, the 2011 bull was far and away more superior than the brawn was. Ever since winning the WDC he has finished in the top 5 in the WDC and would have won it again in 2011 had it not been for the the vast superiority of the red bull. Lets put it this way, since they both won their WDC's, who out of Button and Hamilton has come closer to winning it again? And lets remember how Hamilton won his WDC - on the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the season because another driver was on the wrong tires. Well earned?



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