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F1 Italian GP: Button: My future is progressing well…

Jenson Button has refused to comment on whether he will remain with McLaren or move to Williams after the news of Felipe Massa's retirement.
Jenson Button has refused to comment on whether he will remain with McLaren or move to Williams after the news of Felipe Massa's retirement at the end of the season as speculation grows stronger about the British driver's 2017 plans.

After Massa confirmed 2016 would mark his final season in F1 as he prepares to retire from the sport, Button and his fellow drivers paid tribute to the Brazilian in the drivers' press conference.

Button, who has been linked with a potential move from McLaren to Williams, waved away the question on whether Massa's retirement has cleared the path for the switch but did say he is happy with the current progress of his contract negotiations.

“That [contract negotiation] is progressing well as well, progress is the name of the game and it is good,” Button said. “I would love to make this really exciting…but I have nothing else to say on my future or what I am doing next year I am sorry to say.”

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Button has competed in every campaign of Massa's 14-season F1 career and despite never being team-mates with the Brazilian the pair have a strong relationship and says his decision to call time on his F1 career 'brave but the right one'.

“I've race with Felipe since he started in F1, so about 15 years we've been racing together,” Button said. “It is always a strange feeling when someone retires from the sport who has achieved so much and has so many victories plus being so close to an F1 world championship.

“We all have our own reasons for retiring. I think it is a brave decision but he has chosen to retire so it is obviously the right one.”

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01.09.2016 - Press conference, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 off trach and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 spins
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 with Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31

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Taz

September 01, 2016 7:49 PM

theeagle: Just do one Jenson and go like Felipe. Be a gentleman, you have no more to give by staying, rather you take away from F1 what another driver could be giving.
He costs a lot less than Alonso and is doing pretty much as good a job and kept Hamilton very honest (more than Rosberg does). Clearly he has nothing to offer....cough :rolleyes:

Nickfox

September 01, 2016 6:10 PM
Last Edited 79 days ago

theeagle: Just do one Jenson and go like Felipe. Be a gentleman, you have no more to give by staying, rather you take away from F1 what another driver could be giving.
if you belive this then you must get rid of Hamilton and Alonso he did beat Hamilton while they were both in the same team for the 3 years and i would say he is on a par with Alonso, if they had a working car they would be at the top p.s. i hope he gets to stay at McLaren but If Ron and only Ron has his way it not looking good.



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