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Button mystified by Ferrari rumours

9 August 2012

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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