Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Honda will need experience

(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren's Jenson Button believes that Honda will need experience next season as they embark on the latest stint in Formula One as a 'works' engine partner to the Woking based outfit next season. Button,who is the most experienced driver in Formula One and began his career in the year 2000 with the Williams team is out of contract with McLaren at the end of the current season.

The 2009 world champion joined the Woking based outfit in 2010 and despite having not won the championship with the team he has been on the podium numerous times and won countless Grand Prix during his time with the team.

The Englishman is confident of remaining with the McLaren-Honda Formula One team next season. Speaking to Autosport Button commented:

'It would help them if they had experienced drivers driving their car for development reasons.'

It has been well documented of the fact that Honda are keen on signing Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel with the Japanese manufacturer rumored to be prepared to pay $30 million to buy Alonso out of the two years that the Spaniard has remaining with Ferrari.

However Alonso is unlikely to want to leave Ferrari as he has always stated that he would like to win the his third driver's championship with Ferrari. As for Vettel he has stated that he will remain with Infiniti Red Bull Racing despite his poor 2014 season.

Button himself is used to how the Japanese company does business having driven for the Honda powered BAR team in 2003 before it later became Honda F1 Racing before winning the title with the Brawn GP in 2009 following Honda's withdrawal from Formula One as a team owner at the end of 2008 season. 

Button believes that having experienced drivers for next year that it would benefit Honda's long term development of their power unit due to the fact that they will be able to give greater technical input to the unit.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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