Button extends McLaren deal

By on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jenson Button. Photo credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button will stay with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for the foreseeable future after extending his contract today (Wednesday).

The Brit, 31, has recently been linked with a move to Ferrari, having moved to McLaren from Brawn after winning the world title in 2009.

"I've never felt more at home at a team than I do at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes," said Button.

"I've won four of the greatest races of my life here, I'm currently lying second in the drivers' world championship, and I feel that I'm driving better than ever.

"You can only achieve that with the right level of support - and I truly believe that the passion and determination to win are stronger here at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes than anywhere else.

"As a grand prix driver, those are incredibly powerful feelings to share and be part of, and they've only reinforced my desire to commit my long-term future to this team.

"I've made no secret of my ambition to continue winning races and world championships, and I fully believe this is the place where I can achieve those aims.

"We at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes know how to win, and we're busy refining an organisation that will enable us to keep on doing that for years to come."

 Martin Whitmarsh added: "Jenson is a great driver and a great guy. In fact, I can safely say that he's one of the most capable and respected drivers we've ever had, and I'm therefore absolutely delighted that he'll continue to work with us into the future.

"He's a considerable credit to this organisation, and I'm proud to be his Team Principal.

"I feel sure that he'll now build on the considerable success he's already achieved with us, and will be even more successful with us in years to come.

"I think he and Lewis say it better than anyone. Their comments show just how much they respect and trust each other, and they once again continue to prove what we as a team have always known: that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has the very best driver line-up in all of Formula 1."

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren's main driver since 2007, welcomed news of Button's contract

"It's great news that Jenson has chosen to stay with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Jenson has been a great person to work with, and a genuine team-player, from the moment we welcomed him on board.

"Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is a team with a unique and successful tradition in Formula 1, which I'm proud to be part of.

"It was the best moment of my career when I won the drivers' world championship with this team. Jenson and I are as hungry and as ambitious as ever to win races and world championships in the future."

Button currently sits second in the championship, 124 points behind champion elect Sebastian Vettel.

 Button's F1 career in brief:

  • 2000 Formula One (BMW Williams) – 8th
  • 2001 Formula One (Benetton) – 17th
  • 2002 Formula One (Renault) – 7th
  • 2003 Formula One (BAR Honda) – 9th
  • 2004 Formula One (BAR Honda) – 3rd
  • 2005 Formula One (BAR Honda) – 9th
  • 2006 Formula One (Honda) – 6th (1 win)
  • 2007 Formula One (Honda) – 15th
  • 2008 Formula One (Honda) – 18th
  • 2009 Formula One (Brawn GP) – World Champion (6 wins)
  • 2010 Formula One (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) – 5th (2 wins)
  • 2011 Formula One (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) - 2nd (2 wins) *Season in progress


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