2010 F1 season
He will team up with Lewis Hamilton in a move that will see McLaren retain the number one on their car.
Which driver will score more points for McLaren in 2010?
- Jenson Button (14%)
- Lewis Hamilton (82%)
- Tie (4%)
Total Voters: 3,592
Ross Brawn earlier told The Independent he was “amazed” about Button’s talks with McLaren, adding:
His best future is with our team, where he has a good group around him, and there’s a lot to be said for that. The logical thing would be for him to stay with us, but of course logic doesn’t always prevail.
The surprising move, first reported by Alan Henry in The Guardian, will not only mean Britain’s two best F1 drivers today facing each other in the same team.
It will also be the first time two previous world champions have paired up since the infamous Ayrton Senna-Alain Prost partnership of 1988-1989, also at McLaren.
Button’s win-less second half of 2009 – after a dominant start to the season – led some to question whether he ‘deserved’ his championship. By taking on Hamilton he has an opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.
That would leave the reigning champion team without a race winner in its 2010 line-up. It has prompted speculation that Michael Schumacher, who was backed by Mercedes before he entered f1, could end his association with Ferrari to join their new F1 team in 2010. But so far there is nothing to back up that rumour, which would outdo even the Button move for sensation if true.
Has Button bitten off more than he can chew by taking on Hamilton at McLaren? How will Hamilton react to having a team mate with the number one on his car? Have your say in the comments.
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Sensational double World Champion driver line-up created as Jenson Button joins Lewis Hamilton at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Woking, 18 November 2009: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is delighted to announce the signing of the reigning World Champion Jenson Button to a multi-year deal. He will be partnered by 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who will be embarking on his fourth consecutive season as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver.
This unique partnership will mark:
- The first time in Formula 1 history that a team has started the new season with a line-up featuring the most recent two successive World Champions
- The first pairing of two British World Champions since Graham Hill [1962, 1968] partnered Jim Clark [1963, 1965] at Lotus in 1968
2009 Formula 1 World Champion
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car #1
?σΤιΌ?τIt?σΤιΌΤδσs always a difficult decision to leave a team when you?σΤιΌΤδσve been there for so long. But life is all about challenges ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ and, most important of all, it?σΤιΌΤδσs about challenging yourself. So, although I won the World Championship with Brawn GP last year, and I?σΤιΌΤδσll never forget that, I was always adamant that I wanted to continue to set myself fresh challenges.
?σΤιΌ?τSo that?σΤιΌΤδσs why I?σΤιΌΤδσve decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. You can?σΤιΌΤδσt help but be affected by this team?σΤιΌΤδσs phenomenal history. McLaren is one of the greats of world sport, and its achievements and list of past champions read like a Who?σΤιΌΤδσs Who of Formula 1 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and of course my new team-mate Lewis Hamilton. I?σΤιΌΤδσve followed the McLaren team ever since I was a small boy, and it feels unbelievable to finally be a part of it.
?σΤιΌ?τWhen I visited the McLaren Technology Centre earlier this month, it wasn?σΤιΌΤδσt simply the technical resources and the incredible standards of excellence that impressed me. No, I was equally struck by the ambition, the motivation and the winning spirit that flow through everybody there. And then there?σΤιΌΤδσs the team?σΤιΌΤδσs epic history: put it this way, the trophy cabinets seem to stretch for miles.
?σΤιΌ?τFrom a personal point of view, it?σΤιΌΤδσs also a great pleasure to be joining a fellow British World Champion. Lewis has achieved an incredible level of success in a very short period of time, and he?σΤιΌΤδσs a wonderfully gifted driver who has earned the respect of every Formula 1 driver. I?σΤιΌΤδσm sure there?σΤιΌΤδσs plenty that we can learn from each other, and I?σΤιΌΤδσm really looking forward to using our combined knowledge to push the team forward.
?σΤιΌ?τAlso, I think it?σΤιΌΤδσs fantastic that we?σΤιΌΤδσll be forming an all-British line-up. I know that we both fly the flag with pride, and I sincerely hope we can make the whole of the United Kingdom, as well as Vodafone McLaren Mercedes fans across the world, proud. Nothing means more to me than to be able to represent my country, and I?σΤιΌΤδσm looking forward to both of us painting Formula 1?σΤιΌΤδσs circuits red, white and blue for many years to come.
?σΤιΌ?τWhile I?σΤιΌΤδσm fully aware that there?σΤιΌΤδσs a tremendous amount of hard work ahead, I?σΤιΌΤδσm absolutely certain that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be able to deliver where it matters: on track. I?σΤιΌΤδσm already looking forward to starting work with the engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre as we begin our preparations for the 2010 season ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ and the defence of my world championship. This is a team that always goes racing to win, and I?σΤιΌΤδσm looking forward to being part of that.
?σΤιΌ?τLast but very far from least, I want to say that the 2009 season will always have a special place in my memory, and I?σΤιΌΤδσm absolutely sure that everybody at Brawn GP who worked so hard to achieve our World Championship successes feels exactly the same way about it. Equally, I want to thank the guys at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, without whom we?σΤιΌΤδσd never have been as competitive as we were. I?σΤιΌΤδσm so pleased that I?σΤιΌΤδσll still be using their engines in 2010 and beyond.
?σΤιΌ?τSo I wish all my old Brawn GP mates well in their new Mercedes Grand Prix adventure, just as I hope they?σΤιΌΤδσll wish me well in my new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes adventure.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
2008 Formula 1 World Champion
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car #2
?σΤιΌ?τIt?σΤιΌΤδσs fantastic news that Jenson has decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ and I?σΤιΌΤδσm looking forward to working with him and our engineers to make sure we kick off the 2010 season with a car that?σΤιΌΤδσs competitive enough to win the World Championship ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ but I want to send my best wishes for the future to my 2008-09 team-mate and now good friend Heikki Kovalainen, who is one of the nicest human beings I?σΤιΌΤδσve ever met.
?σΤιΌ?τI already know Jenson, and we get on very well together. We both really want our team to succeed. Although we?σΤιΌΤδσll be pushing each other hard, I?σΤιΌΤδσm sure we?σΤιΌΤδσll very quickly establish a great working relationship. He?σΤιΌΤδσs an exceptional driver: very controlled and very smooth, and he has a real depth of knowledge and experience. I think we?σΤιΌΤδσll complement each other very well, and our collaboration will make the team stronger as a result. Also, I?σΤιΌΤδσm delighted to be racing alongside a fellow British World Champion, and I believe we can pull together to make Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the best team on the grid.
?σΤιΌ?τI?σΤιΌΤδσm sure Jenson has already started to appreciate our team?σΤιΌΤδσs unique culture and the special family atmosphere that makes it such an incredible place to live and work. We really are like one big family ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ and I?σΤιΌΤδσm sure Jenson will feel the warmth of that welcome from day one.
?σΤιΌ?τObviously, as a British driver, I?σΤιΌΤδσm also thrilled that we?σΤιΌΤδσll be flying the flag for the United Kingdom, and I think today?σΤιΌΤδσs announcement is fantastic news for all British sports fans. I hope they?σΤιΌΤδσll be giving us their full support when the season kicks off next March. I?σΤιΌΤδσm already looking forward to Silverstone ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ it?σΤιΌΤδσll be massive!
?σΤιΌ?τLooking ahead, I think the results from the second half of 2009 speak for themselves, and I?σΤιΌΤδσm convinced we can carry that momentum through the winter and into the new season. I?σΤιΌΤδσve been closely following the development of our 2010 challenger, the MP4-25, and I think it?σΤιΌΤδσs going to be a state-of-the-art car that will enable both of us to consistently fight for victories.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
?σΤιΌ?τEverybody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Jenson to our team. It has always been our policy to employ the two very best possible drivers ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ and, in Jenson and Lewis, we feel we not only have the fastest pairing on the 2010 grid, but also the two most complete, professional and dedicated drivers in Formula 1.
?σΤιΌ?τMoreover, I?σΤιΌΤδσm confident that we?σΤιΌΤδσll be able to successfully balance and harness Jenson?σΤιΌΤδσs and Lewis?σΤιΌΤδσs complementary skill-sets. Our engineers are already looking forward to working with Jenson, and I?σΤιΌΤδσm convinced that such a strong and dynamic driver line-up will make us an even more complete and competitive operation. Now we have to provide Jenson and Lewis with race-winning machinery.
?σΤιΌ?τI want to make clear that Jenson?σΤιΌΤδσs decision to join us was in no way motivated by money. We?σΤιΌΤδσll be paying him no more than he could be getting elsewhere, and that fact is a reflection of not only Jenson?σΤιΌΤδσs belief in Vodafone McLaren Mercedes but also his desire and ambition to build on the phenomenal results he achieved during the 2009 season.
?σΤιΌ?τI also want to thank Heikki for his selfless contribution over the past two years. As well as being very quick, Heikki was and remains a great character whom we?σΤιΌΤδσll all miss considerably. It goes without saying that we wish him all the best for next season, and would be very pleased if he were to secure a good drive for 2010.
?σΤιΌ?τWe?σΤιΌΤδσre ambitious, we?σΤιΌΤδσre motivated and we?σΤιΌΤδσre hungrier than ever. We make no secret of our ambition for next year: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes wants to win both World Championships ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ and, with Jenson and Lewis, we believe we?σΤιΌΤδσre better equipped than any other team in the pitlane to do exactly that.?σΤιΌ?Ψ