Jenson Button continues with McLaren in 2016

Announced almost leaving F1, Jenson Button will return for another year in 2016 with McLaren.

Published on 01/10/2015 à 10:47

Pierre Tassel

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Jenson Button continues with McLaren in 2016

A few days ago, the rumor of a retirement de Jenson Button full F1 had made its way. This Thursday, McLaren finally put an end to speculation by formalizing the presence of the 2009 World Champion in Woking for 2016. The team had recently indicated that it wanted keep your driver.

“Jenson’s current contract is for two years (2015 and 2016). There was an option to end it at the end of the first year, which McLaren could have triggered if we had wanted to do so, explains Ron Dennis, boss of McLaren.

But, once it became clear after my many conversations with Jenson that he remained as enthusiastic and as engaged and focused as ever, that option no longer made sense. Jenson to race for McLaren-Honda next year, according to the terms and conditions set out in the contract that the two parties concluded a year ago. »

The 35-year-old Briton will begin a new campaign at Woking, having arrived crowned with his world crown at the start of the 2010 season. Despite the difficulties encountered by the McLaren couple? Honda, Button remains confident.

“Yes, this year has not been easy for us, but we know what we need to do to make things better and, together with Honda, we will work very hard over the coming weeks, to ensure that 2016 is a much better season than 2015 was. »

The Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, who was once tipped to succeed Button at McLaren, thus sees one of his chances of arriving in Formula 1 closing.

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