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Jenson Button won’t work with Fernando Alonso

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

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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…

Jenson Button is sick of the ass-kissing for Alonso

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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…”

Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button support F1 in London

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

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Yeah, looks like F1 will have a new track soon.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have thrown their support behind a bid for London to host a grand prix, saying it would make it the “ultimate sporting metropolis.”

Unveiled at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall on Thursday night, the McLaren duo spoke glowingly about the hypothetical event, which would run through the streets of London.

The 14-corner, 5.1km circuit would pass several iconic landmarks around the capital, including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square with the route portrayed via CGI technology.

“Having been immersed in this project, having helped to shape this track, it feels as real to me as anywhere I’ve raced,” said Lewis Hamilton. “Jenson and I worked in the simulator to provide some useful feedback to inform the circuit design, so this is far more than whimsical thinking out loud.”

“I have to say, this is an utterly epic track and would produce the most stunning and compelling Formula One race. A grand prix here (in London) would be the best thing in the world, the biggest event, sensational.”

“If you add an event of this complexion to London’s…”

Ferrari eyeing Jenson Button to replace Felipe Massa

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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Looks like the Italian F1 team just wants to get rid of Felipe.

With Felipe Massa having one tough outing this 2012 F1 season, Ferrari remains determined to find another guy to be side by side with Fernando Alonso in the immediate future.

And that guy is indeed, Jenson Button. But according to some reports, the team wanted Button to be Alonso’s teammate even before the season began. I guess Felipe Massa was just that bad already.

Jenson Button reportedly had an “offer” from Ferrari last season to leave McLaren and replace Felipe Massa at the Italian stable.

Having won the World title in 2009 with Brawn GP, Button was linked to a role with Ferrari. However, instead the Brit opted to sign a two-year deal with McLaren which included an option for a third, 2012.

That, though, didn’t seem to dampen Ferrari’s interest with reports in the Brazilian media claiming he was approached by the Italian stable last season when they were looking for someone to replace the under-fire Felipe Massa and team up with Fernando Alonso. But instead of swapping over, Button opted to commit his long-term future to McLaren.

Asked to comment on the report, Button told Estadao Esportes: “I was happy to see that my work is appreciated. I heard what some teams had to offer me.”

Still, Button has said he wouldn’t mind teaming up with Fernando…

Jenson Button is not afraid of Fernando Alonso

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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Looks like Fernando Alonso is back in the title picture.

In case you didn’t know, Fernando Alonso came up with a surprise win during the second grand prix of the 2012 F1 season. Yes, Ferrari finally got one but as far as Jenson Button is concerned, he’s not worried at all.

Jenson Button has all but written off Fernando Alonso’s title challenge, saying his deficit to the Ferrari driver is “not the worry.” Fernando Alonso claimed a surprise victory ahead of Sergio Perez in Sunday’s Malaysian GP as the wet conditions detracted from the Ferrari F2012′s weak points.

His win put Fernando Alonso at the top of the Drivers’ standings, five points ahead of Lewis Hamilton and a further five in front of Jenson Button. However, the McLaren driver, who finished outside the points in Sepang after colliding with an HRT, reckons it’s the man in second and the off-the-pace Red Bulls who are his biggest threat and not Alonso.

“Even after such a bad race – and that’s hopefully my bad race for the year gone – I’m still only 10 points off the lead, and that’s Alonso in a Ferrari. That’s not the worry,” Button said.

“I’m also only five points behind Lewis, who is the guy in a competitive car, so (it’s) still not bad considering the day I had. Lewis is definitely my main rival, and you have to say the Red Bulls as well.”

“Those are the guys I still think are the main ones at this point…”

Jenson Button wins the first race of the 2012 F1 Season

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Yes, it was all Jenson Button in Melbourne.

The 2012 F1 season started in style as the first race of the year got everything, from Michael Schumacher showing how fast he can still be before retiring to Fernando Alonso blazing past everybody before coming just a little bit short for a podium finish.

Of course, there’s Jenson Button, who took the lead from his teammate Lewis Hamilton as soon as the five red lights went off, dominating most of the afternoon at Albert Park in Melbourne.

The 32-year-old started second on the grid next to Lewis Hamilton, but he beat his teammate into the first corner and then settled back and controlled the race after that. He finished 2.1s ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel with Hamilton claiming the final podium position.

Button couldn’t be any happier, claiming that the win is a result of hard work. He believes what you put in during preseason testing is what you get during the season and as far as McLaren is concerned, their strong start in Australia is the product of their very strong winter.

”Every win means a lot. As a team, the win shows how important the winter is. We’ve had a strong winter and yesterday we showed that in qualifying,” he said. ”It’s nice to come away with…”

Jenson Button: I’ll just fucking win baby!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

seth-edward-oneal.jpgWell, he really did not say it exactly that way but that’s the message he wants to bring across.

With the chase for the drivers’ championship this 2011 F1 season virtually over and done now that points leader Sebastian Vettel needing only a point to clinch the title, Jenson Button is just focusing on the remaining races ahead, saying that he’ll just go for the wins until the season is over.

In case you’re wondering, Jenson Button is behind Sebastian Vettel by 124 points which pretty means he won’t be able to catch up to the young German sensation.

With only a few more races to go before the season is over and done with, Jenson Button says he’ll just go for race wins from here to the end. Hey, what more is there for him to do anyway right?

”You race for wins, which is the same as we do through most of the year anyway,” the 2009 World Champion said.

”Winning races means so much to us and the whole team because it’s there and then, not spaced out over a whole season. It’s an hour and a half, and you either win or you lose, and when you come away with a win it’s such a special feeling.”

”There’s enough satisfaction from that. Every time you win…

Jenson Button says he could’ve won at Spa

Monday, August 29th, 2011

And we believe him.

Jenson Button believes he could have challenged for victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, marking the halfway point of the 2011 F1 season, had he not been caught up in the first-corner carnage at Spa-Francorchamps.

Still, Jenson Button made it through to third place despite having only qualified 13th. But he was convinced he had the pace to battle Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, regardless of his starting position, had he not needed to make an early pitstop to attend to damage sustained in a the multi-car collision at La Source.

“I think if I had stayed in 13th after the start it would have been a lot easier to challenge these guys [the Red Bulls],” said Button.

“Turn 1 was mayhem caused by the guys up front. [Paul] di Resta hit my rear wing, damaged my rear wing, half the endplate was gone and driving to Eau Rouge someone’s rear wing came off and went through my front wing and took the mirror off.”

“It was a bit scary. The guys said keep going until lap five, we did – then put options on and did rest of race with them.”

“It was a enjoyable race. You’re always going to say what could have been…”

Everybody’s talking about Jenson Button now

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

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After coming up with arguably the most stunning performance yet of the 2011 F1 season in Montreal, coming from 21st and last in a rain-affected race to grab the win, it’s not surprising that he’s taking the spotlight lately.

In the build-up, Jenson Button was involved in collisions with McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, had a drive-through penalty and made five other pit stops to boot.

A race of attrition ultimately paid dividends when Sebastian Vettel made a mistake on the final lap, just three kilometres from home, that allowed a charging Button through to take the chequered flag.

Button, who allowed himself a break in Los Angeles and Las Vegas by way of a celebration, knows such a triumph makes no odds to him. “It won’t change anything, the way I drive, the way I work with the team. I’ve been very happy all season,” said Button.

“It’s not going to make me a better driver – I’m not saying I’m a perfect driver, but I don’t think I will suddenly become any more confident. That happened two years ago after I won the World title. The only thing I can say is that I’ve smiled to myself a lot more after the victory.”

The win did catapult Button up to second in the standings, albeit 60 points adrift of reigning Champion Vettel whose error came down to the pressure being brought to bear from the Briton. As Button remarked, such a mistake was the slice of good fortune he feels has been lacking all season for McLaren.

“I felt that in the couple of races before Canada we were a bit…”

Ferrari is not interested in Jenson Button

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

It seems Ferrari already played down the rumors before it gets out of hand.

Ferrari have dispelled rumors that Jenson Button will be joining the team once the 2011 F1 season is done after reports in the British press linked him with a move to Maranello.

According to a source inside Ferrari, the Italian team had already enquired about the availability of Jenson Button after they realised that “they need a stronger partner for Fernando Alonso than Felipe Massa if they want to win the title again.”

However, in the anonymous ‘Horse Whisperer’ column on the Ferrari website the team refuted such suggestions, condemning them as simply being part of the ‘silly season’.

Button is of course not the first man to have been linked with a position with Ferrari; already this year Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez have been touted as possible wingmen for Fernando Alonso even though his current teammate, Felipe Massa has not been released by the team.

“Recent weeks have provided a particularly happy hunting ground on various fronts. Engineer gossip has been enlivened by the news of the restructuring of the Scuderia’s technical department, giving rise to a wave of suggestions and a list of candidates good enough to make an employment agency go green with envy,” the column stated.

“But of course, it’s still the drivers that attract the most attention. And…”



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