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Jenson Button won’t work with Fernando Alonso



At least he made that loud and clear.

Jenson Button is adamant there is no weight to the continued rumours that Ferrari are interested in signing him probably after the 2012 F1 season or in the next few years, and even if they were, he wouldn’t partner with Fernando Alonso.

Despite having committed his long-term future to McLaren, rumours persist claiming that Ferrari are keen on Jenson Button replacing Felipe Massa next season. The Brit, though, is adamant there is no truth to the stories and Ferrari have not even spoken to him about it.

“There has always been contact. When I see Stefano (Domenicali) in the paddock we always say ‘hello, how are you?’” he told Italy’s Autosprint magazine. But he knows my situation and I know that I have a contract for next year. I see no reason for this to continue focusing in my direction.”

Pressed as to whether knowing that Ferrari want him makes him ‘proud’, Button responded: “Who said they did? Well I think if you look at this team, McLaren, you see a team that has achieved so much. And if you look at the red team you see the same thing.”

”All Italians are passionate about sports, especially motorsport. But for now (McLaren) is the right place for me. Although as I’ve said… never say never.”

Button highlighted one aspect of joining Ferrari that would deter him from the move, Fernando Alonso, who is undoubtedly the number one driver at the Italian stable. Asked whether he believes Alonso could “divide” the team for…

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Mark Webber determined to break F1 records


Yeah, before he hangs up his racing gloves for good that is.

Mark Webber is determined to improve his statistics before he retires in order to cement his Formula One legacy.

The Australian has already won twice this 2012 F1 season to take his total wins tally to nine, which puts him 33rd on the list of all-time grand prix winners and ahead of former World Champions like John Surtees and Keke Rosberg.

Although the major thing missing from CV remains a World Title, the 35-year-old is eager to chip away at the records before he hangs up his F1 gloves. When asked by Autosport if he felt a compulsion to win more before retiring, Mark Webber replied: “It’s human nature to always want more.”

“You never think you have more wins than some World Champions, but that’s the way it is.”

”Would you have one win and one World TItle? Well, probably yes, but I have nine wins and of course I want to get more wins, and let’s see what happens with the big stuff later on.”

“Ultimately, I’ve been very proud of what I’ve achieved – you always want more, that’s normal. When I left Australia to have what I would call a reasonable career in Formula One, that was something which wasn’t a guarantee when I left, so I think I’ve got what I deserved.”

“I’ve chipped away and boxed at it, we’ve had some…”

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Sebastian Vettel moving to Ferrari is a bad idea


Well, as long as Fernando Alonso is there anyway.

Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Sebastian Vettel not to trade Red Bull for Ferrari unless there is a major shift in power among the teams this 2012 F1 season or after.

In case you didn’t know, Sebastian Vettel has been linked with a move to Ferrari for the 2014 season where he will link up with former World Champion Fernando Alonso. Since joining Red Bull in 2009, Vettel finished runner-up to Jenson Button in his first season with the team and then went on to win back to back titles.

With this in mind, Stewart does not believe that the German should leave the Milton Keynes squad to go head to head with Fernando Alonso. “No I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t do that at this time. I think Alonso’s far too strong for that. I think Alonso is so mature that he would see anybody off because of the relationship he has already built within Ferrari,” Stewart told James Allen on F1.

“I think it’s much better to let that pass for the moment and stay with Red Bull because he’s got a team of people that he knows intimately now who are really imperative for him to have and they feel that it’s imperative for them to have him. I wouldn’t break that mold at this time. In fact I would almost wait until I had a very bad year with a Red Bull before I would think of leaving.”

“Then my option would be ‘who am I going to get who is going to provide me with what I need’ – and it may not necessarily be Ferrari.”

Stewart paid tribute to Vettel whom he says has achieved…

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Fernando Alonso wins 2012 F1 German GP



Yeah, it’s really looking good for Fernando Alonso winning his third career drivers’ championship.

In case you missed it, Fernando Alonso won the last race of the 2012 F1 season, believing that the hard work he put in during qualifying played a major role in his German Grand Prix success.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso proved that he is bit of a rain master as he followed up his pole position at a wet Silverstone a fortnight ago with another P1 in poor conditions at Hockenheim on Saturday.

Although conditions were dry on race day, the double World Champion was able to stay ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button from McLaren on Sunday to claim his third race victory of the season.

“I don’t really know politics but it is true that the situation is not great in Spain but a Spanish driver in an Italian car, designed by a Greek man is good to win here,” he said. “We enjoy the win. Starting on pole was the key factor because it was difficult to overtake and we were not the fastest but we kept the position.”

Despite controlling the race from the front, Alonso feels it wasn’t quite as easy as it it looked.

“It was tough, definitely. It was not an easy race, maybe…”

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Michael Schumacher won’t retire from F1 yet



Yeah, probably because he hasn’t been winning as much.

Michael Schumacher has given the clearest indication yet that he wants to continue his Formula One career beyond the 2012 F1 season.

The seven-time World Champion’s three-year contract with Mercedes runs out at the end of this season and his team bosses have confirmed that they hope to sort out his future during the summer break.

Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug has made plenty of noise about keeping the 43-year-old after this year, but Michael Schumacher himself has stayed pretty quiet about his future plans.

Well, that was up to Wednesday as he has indicated for the first time that he is still enjoying Formula One and not really thinking about his second retirement just yet.

“I am still not satisfied,” he told Germany’s Sport Bild in an exclusive interview, saying he has “achieved very little” during his second spell in F1.

Since returning to the sport in 2010, Schumacher has been outshone by team-mate Nico Rosberg with his compatriot claiming one victory and four podium finishes in the two and a half years compared to his one podium which came at this year’s European Grand Prix.

As for contract negotiations with his Brackley bosses…

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Webber closes the gap on Alonso with British GP win


Now it gets interesting.

In case you missed the last race of the 2012 F1 season, Mark Webber won in Silverstone to close the gap on Fernando Alonso in the drivers’ championship standings.

However, Mark Webber insists he’s not getting “too fired up” about the Championship despite closing the gap with his British GP victory. Webber became only the second repeat winner for this season when he overtook Fernando Alonso five laps from the end to take the chequered flag at the Silverstone circuit.

His triumph cemented the Aussie’s place as a title contender as the seven points he secured put him just 13 behind Fernando Alonso in the Drivers’ standings.

“I am not low on confidence at the moment, it is going well,” Webber said. “We will enjoy today’s result, really soak it up, that is what is important. We have to remember how hard we have to work to get these results and tomorrow morning it’s Hockenheim.”

“That is what it has to be about and it is a long, long season and I am not getting too fired up with any particular Championship positions at the moment.”

“What is for sure is I have a nice haul of points to keep going with – I am not sitting on 20 points trying to start my campaign.”

As for his race on Sunday, Webber was delighted after the…

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Fernando Alonso still focused on 2012 F1 Drivers Title



Fernando Alonso may have lost the battle in Britain but he won the war as he’s still holding onto the lead in the title chase.

Heading into Silverstone, Alonso was the only repeat for the 2012 F1 season and looked set to add a third triumph to his tally before Red Bull’s Mark Webber loomed large.

Having opted to run the soft Pirelli tyres in his final stint, Fernando Alonso had no answer to Mark Webber as the Red Bull racer, on the more durable compound, used his DRS to sweep past him and take the win.

“It was very close today but at the end Mark was much quicker than us and deserved the victory,” Fernando Alonso said. “Now we are fighting for victories in the last three or four grands prix. I hope the fans enjoyed the show today.”

But while he wasn’t able to win the race on Sunday, Alonso still maintained his lead lead in the Drivers’ Championship, although the gap is now down to 13 points between himself and Webber.

“I’m still leading the Championship and that’s the main target for us,” said the Spaniard. “We lost seven points with Mark winning but we gained some more points on the rest of the field.”

Meanwhile, team boss Stefano Domenicali confirmed…

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Vettel OK with Webber re-signing with Red Bull



For now, I guess.

Sebastian Vettel says he would welcome Mark Webber re-signing with Red Bull as, while they aren’t “best friends”, they do work well together.

Webber has yet to commit his future to Red Bull Racing with rumours linking the Australian to a one-year deal with rivals Ferrari before hanging up his helmet at the end of 2013.

But for now Webber is not even hinting at where his future may lie despite his team boss Christian Horner saying he expects when the time comes the Aussie will agree a one-year extension with Red Bull.

And Horner isn’t the only member of Red Bull who wants Webber to stay on.

“I can understand why people are thinking that there is a problem between Mark and myself,” his team-mate Sebastian Vettel told Autosport.

“Yes, we might not be best friends, but I have no problem with him and he has no problem with me.

“We work well together and we are both trying to pull the team in the same direction. We have a similar view for the car, it’s not as if one likes the set-up in the opposite way to the other.”

“I think that is helping us, and so far it is…”

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Jenson Button is sick of the ass-kissing for Alonso


Yeah, he probably wants his own group of ass-kissers.

Although Jenson Button concedes Fernando Alonso did a “great job” in Valencia, he’s amazed at “how complimentary” drivers have become. Alonso became the first repeat winner of the season at the European Grand Prix when he took the lead from Sebastian Vettel, who had been leading by more 20seconds before the Safety Car, when the Red Bull racer retired.

And although Jenson Button says Alonso did a “great” job, he reckons Sebastian Vettel was the one to be wary of in Valencia. “Been a lot of ****-kissing going on,” the 32-year-old told The Express when Alonso was mentioned. “I don’t know what’s happening, it’s quite strange.”

“Most of the drivers in Formula One are immensely talented and many will challenge for Championships in the future. But Fernando is one of the stand-out drivers.”

“He won his home grand prix, when everything fell into place. Sometimes when you make those moves, they don’t work out. And you end up in the wall. Was his performance scary? No, he just did a great job, and so did his team with strategy.”

“The scary one is Red Bull. The pace that Sebastian had was amazing. He was on fire, and had a massive difference in pace to the rest of…”

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Michael Schumacher looking forward to Silverstone



After his Podium finish in Valencia, of course he’s looking forward to the next race.

Michael Schumacher is hoping to carry his Valencia momentum through to Silverstone as he bids for his second podium finish of the year in the 2012 F1 season.

The three-time British Grand Prix winner claimed the first top-three result of his comeback last time out at the European GP, bringing to an end his 99-race run off the podium.

And with one under his belt, Michael Schumacher is intent on making it two when F1 heads to Britain but concedes no one knows who will be on top next weekend.

“Racing in Silverstone is a special moment every year,” Schumacher said. “It’s quite simply the home of motorsport and I’m always amazed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the British fans – as a racing driver, it’s great to experience this passion for our sport.”

“On a personal level, I have many contrasting memories of this circuit; good, not so good and some that are even a little strange, as for how things will go this year, I’d prefer to wait and see.”

“We have already seen plenty of races this year that turned out differently to the expectations before the weekend.”

“Of course, we want to take the momentum from our…”

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