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F1: More than one year deal was a must, says Button

Jenson Button says his new McLaren F1 deal is for more than one year
Jenson Button has revealed that his new deal with McLaren is for more than one year and that a multi-year agreement was “a must” for both him and the team.

Button was confirmed alongside Fernando Alonso for F1 2015 on Thursday morning and while McLaren did not state the length of the contract – as is usual, it is understood it is for two years with his annual salary cut from roughly 16 million Euros per year to around 10 million Euros.

“I think we [McLaren and I] both agree that more than one year is a must,” Button stated.

“This is a new project, an exciting project. To be part of the legendary partnership between McLaren and Honda is not a one year thing. I am very much looking forward to more than one year - I know we can't really talk about contract details, but it is not something I am doing just to be around for one year for.

“I am here to compete, to fight for the world championship, and whether that is in 2015 or future years, I am hopefully here for a long time.”

Meanwhile, Button also added that he did consider leaving the sport given the fact he had to wait so long to sign a new deal.

“I did reflect on life outside F1 but it is nowhere near as fun as life inside from what I have seen. My heart has always been here, to race for McLaren and with Honda,” he explained.

“I have had some very special times racing with Honda, and some difficult times as well, but there is a lot we can to together and achieve together which means a lot to me. It is definitely a decision that was worth waiting for, and I am very happy to be here now.”
by Rob Wilkins

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December 12, 2014 8:12 PM

107SS2009: Both mclaren drivers seems to be on a two year contract MR F1 has been at it again, saying he wants the old engines back and doesn’t care if it’s the V8’S or the V10’S, he says F1 needs around 1000HP engines.
The old coot's talking sense for a change, I've been saying for years that around 1000bhp is what an F1 engine should produce. Of course 1000bhp would be easily attained by the current hybrid engines but that would require more fuel and we know that using fuel in F1 cars is frowned on these days, it's ok to use the fuel in the jets, and trucks that keep the show on the road but not in the actual race cars. Bonkers!

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