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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- 2010 F1 drivers and teams
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
?óÔé¼?ôIt?óÔé¼Ôäós always a difficult decision to leave a team when you?óÔé¼Ôäóve been there for so long. But life is all about challenges ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and, most important of all, it?óÔé¼Ôäós about challenging yourself. So, although I won the World Championship with Brawn GP last year, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóll never forget that, I was always adamant that I wanted to continue to set myself fresh challenges.
?óÔé¼?ôSo that?óÔé¼Ôäós why I?óÔé¼Ôäóve decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. You can?óÔé¼Ôäót help but be affected by this team?óÔé¼Ôäós phenomenal history. McLaren is one of the greats of world sport, and its achievements and list of past champions read like a Who?óÔé¼Ôäós Who of Formula 1 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and of course my new team-mate Lewis Hamilton. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve followed the McLaren team ever since I was a small boy, and it feels unbelievable to finally be a part of it.
?óÔé¼?ôWhen I visited the McLaren Technology Centre earlier this month, it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót 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?óÔé¼Ôäós the team?óÔé¼Ôäós epic history: put it this way, the trophy cabinets seem to stretch for miles.
?óÔé¼?ôFrom a personal point of view, it?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäós a wonderfully gifted driver who has earned the respect of every Formula 1 driver. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure there?óÔé¼Ôäós plenty that we can learn from each other, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm really looking forward to using our combined knowledge to push the team forward.
?óÔé¼?ôAlso, I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós fantastic that we?óÔé¼Ôäóll 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?óÔé¼Ôäóm looking forward to both of us painting Formula 1?óÔé¼Ôäós circuits red, white and blue for many years to come.
?óÔé¼?ôWhile I?óÔé¼Ôäóm fully aware that there?óÔé¼Ôäós a tremendous amount of hard work ahead, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm absolutely certain that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be able to deliver where it matters: on track. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm already looking forward to starting work with the engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre as we begin our preparations for the 2010 season ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and the defence of my world championship. This is a team that always goes racing to win, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm looking forward to being part of that.
?óÔé¼?ôLast but very far from least, I want to say that the 2009 season will always have a special place in my memory, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm 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?óÔé¼Ôäód never have been as competitive as we were. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm so pleased that I?óÔé¼Ôäóll still be using their engines in 2010 and beyond.
?óÔé¼?ôSo I wish all my old Brawn GP mates well in their new Mercedes Grand Prix adventure, just as I hope they?óÔé¼Ôäóll wish me well in my new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes adventure.?óÔé¼?Ø
2008 Formula 1 World Champion
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car #2
?óÔé¼?ôIt?óÔé¼Ôäós fantastic news that Jenson has decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm looking forward to working with him and our engineers to make sure we kick off the 2010 season with a car that?óÔé¼Ôäós competitive enough to win the World Championship ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ 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?óÔé¼Ôäóve ever met.
?óÔé¼?ôI already know Jenson, and we get on very well together. We both really want our team to succeed. Although we?óÔé¼Ôäóll be pushing each other hard, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure we?óÔé¼Ôäóll very quickly establish a great working relationship. He?óÔé¼Ôäós an exceptional driver: very controlled and very smooth, and he has a real depth of knowledge and experience. I think we?óÔé¼Ôäóll complement each other very well, and our collaboration will make the team stronger as a result. Also, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm 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.
?óÔé¼?ôI?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure Jenson has already started to appreciate our team?óÔé¼Ôäós 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 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure Jenson will feel the warmth of that welcome from day one.
?óÔé¼?ôObviously, as a British driver, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm also thrilled that we?óÔé¼Ôäóll be flying the flag for the United Kingdom, and I think today?óÔé¼Ôäós announcement is fantastic news for all British sports fans. I hope they?óÔé¼Ôäóll be giving us their full support when the season kicks off next March. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm already looking forward to Silverstone ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it?óÔé¼Ôäóll be massive!
?óÔé¼?ôLooking ahead, I think the results from the second half of 2009 speak for themselves, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm convinced we can carry that momentum through the winter and into the new season. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been closely following the development of our 2010 challenger, the MP4-25, and I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be a state-of-the-art car that will enable both of us to consistently fight for victories.?óÔé¼?Ø
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
?óÔé¼?ôEverybody 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 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ 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.
?óÔé¼?ôMoreover, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm confident that we?óÔé¼Ôäóll be able to successfully balance and harness Jenson?óÔé¼Ôäós and Lewis?óÔé¼Ôäós complementary skill-sets. Our engineers are already looking forward to working with Jenson, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm 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.
?óÔé¼?ôI want to make clear that Jenson?óÔé¼Ôäós decision to join us was in no way motivated by money. We?óÔé¼Ôäóll be paying him no more than he could be getting elsewhere, and that fact is a reflection of not only Jenson?óÔé¼Ôäós belief in Vodafone McLaren Mercedes but also his desire and ambition to build on the phenomenal results he achieved during the 2009 season.
?óÔé¼?ôI 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?óÔé¼Ôäóll 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.
?óÔé¼?ôWe?óÔé¼Ôäóre ambitious, we?óÔé¼Ôäóre motivated and we?óÔé¼Ôäóre hungrier than ever. We make no secret of our ambition for next year: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes wants to win both World Championships ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and, with Jenson and Lewis, we believe we?óÔé¼Ôäóre better equipped than any other team in the pitlane to do exactly that.?óÔé¼?Ø