Button at McLaren in 2016

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It’s an odd thing when you go from the press telling Formula 1 fans that Jenson Button will announce his retirement in Japan to Jenson Button is a McLaren driver for 2016.

I understand why the press were speculating that Button would announce retirement so I’m not being critical of them. They’ve been around the sport a long time and the earmarks were all there for a retirement announcement. However, McLaren and Jenson Button have announced that he will stay on at the team for 2016. That’s great news!

Ron Dennis (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer) said: 

“Jenson and I have been discussing his plans in private for the past few weeks, and the fact that our talks have led to today’s announcement is very pleasing to both of us and will delight and motivate all at McLaren-Honda.

“As I have made clear whenever I have been asked about the subject, Jenson’s current contract is of two years’ duration [2015 and 2016]. There is a ‘terminate after year one’ option that McLaren could have triggered if we had wished to do so, but, once it became clear from my many conversations with Jenson that he remained as enthusiastic and as committed and as focused as ever, that option immediately became an irrelevance. That being the case, Jenson will race for McLaren-Honda next year, under the terms and conditions as set out in the two-year contract that both parties entered into a year ago.

“As I say, I am extremely pleased. Jenson is the most experienced driver currently racing in Formula 1, and next season he is due to become only the third driver [after Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher] in Formula 1 history to pass the milestone of 300 Grands Prix. But, although that wealth of experience makes him a massively valuable asset to our team, hugely expert in all aspects of the 21st-century Formula 1 driver’s craft, he is also supremely fit and as super-fast as ever.”

Jenson Button said:

“Over the past month or so I have done quite a lot of thinking, and it is no secret that I was at one point in two minds about my future.

“But I have been a McLaren driver for six seasons now [2010-2015], and in that time I have got to know Ron very well. He and I have had some very good chats these past few weeks, and during those chats it has become clear to me that Ron is both utterly determined and uniquely equipped to lead our team through its current difficulties to great successes in the future. That gives me great confidence, and it is for that reason that, together, he and I have decided to continue our partnership; and, as soon as I had made that decision, straight away I realised it was the correct one.

“Okay, granted, this year has not been an easy one for us, but we know what we need to do to improve things and, in collaboration with Honda, we will work extremely hard over the next weeks and months in order to make sure that 2016 will be a much better season than 2015 has been.

“I can’t wait!”

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runnah

I’ll believe all these rumors, trades and announcements once i see folks gridded up in Australia. Until then, all can change.

dude

Poor Button and Alonso, by the time they retired is the time McLaren will come up to speed, the same happened to Barrichello.

dude

And Schumacher.

Paul KieferJr

This does not make sense. Why would any sane person want to drive for McLaren given Honda’s flagging engines?

MIE

Both organizations know how to win, it is a question of whether they can get to the front before their drivers careers end. Button must see some promise of improvement as I don’t think he is there just to collect a pension. The same is probably true for Alonso (even though his payment is significantly greater than Button’s).

Andrea_Rae

love jenson but i wish he would have jumped to haas, he*l manor would be better than the shit box honda/mclaren provided.

Van Dieu

Hilarious how Ron said words to the effect of “we *don’t* have an option on Jenson.. we have a 2 year contract, and we didn’t take the option to discontinue it.” Of course you had an option, Ron – whether it’s a “opt out” option or an “opt in” option, there is/was the choice to either keep Jenson or jettison him.