Silly Season is in full swing with rumors of Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button making the rounds—yes, Jenson Button.
That’s because McLaren have not announced their driver lineup for 2014 and some suggest that the team will offer Button a contract extension. According to the Daily Mail:
‘The team are already planning for 2015 and are ready to offer Button the chance of up to three more seasons as they strive to build a partnership with Honda which can rekindle the kind of success they enjoyed when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were behind the wheel,’ the newspaper reported.’
The Mail goes on to suggest, however, that Button may not be around for the return of Honda to Formula 1 as McLaren’s engine partner because he’s on some teams wanted list.
‘Sources at Red Bull and Ferrari admit the Brit is on their wanted list, while at the end of next year all the top teams will be in a state of flux over their driver line-up,’
Now this could all be on the up and up and I obviously do not know who their “sources” are but it sounds a little strange to me. Would you offer Button a 3-year deal at McLaren and if you were Red Bull or Ferrari, would you be gunning for Button?
I like Jenson a lot and I’ve always rated him even when other didn’t. He reminds me of Prost with his smooth driving skills and he has terrific race vision from inside the cockpit. He knows what’s going on and how to read a race.
Having said that, I wonder if a Red Bull or Ferrari drive makes sense. The Mail goes on to suggest that Lewis Hamilton would like him as a teammate again and that Lotus F1 rate him too.
It started to occur to if the Mail keeps this up, Force India, Caterham, Marussia, Sauber and Toro Rosso all rate Button and would like to have him on the team. I’m a fan but not an apologist for heaven’s sake.