Monday, 8 December 2014

McLaren should keep Button

Jenson Button

Sir Stirling Moss is the latest former Formula One driver to urge McLaren-Honda to retain 2009 world champion Jenson Button, both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button have been left waiting to hear which one of the will be retained for 2015.

Moss believes that the current situation McLaren find themselves in should not have been allowed to happen and that a driver of Button’s calibre should be kept for next season. It is widely expected that Fernando Alonso will re-join the Woking based outfit having left the team at the end of the 2007 Formula One season as the Spaniard had a frosty relationship with both Lewis Hamilton and McLaren boss Ron Dennis.

Moss, who never won the Formula One world championship but finished runner-up four times confirmed that he has spoken to Button and suggested that he seek racing opportunities outside Formula One.

He confirmed that he suggested to Button that he join Audi in the World Endurance Championship following the retirement of Tom Kristensen.

Button began his Formula One career with the BMW Williams team in the year 2000 having won a shootout with Bruno Junquiera following tests with the Prost and McLaren Formula One teams in 1999.

Button has stated that he has been happy with his performances in 2014 particularly in the last few races despite having a less then competitive car in the MP4-29. 

© Ben Johnston 2014

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