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Featured Jenson Button open to walking away from F1

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jordan Wilkins, Oct 18, 2014.

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    With widespread speculation that McLaren will sign Fernando Alonso for next year, it appears the odds are not in Jenson Button's favour as the team will likely have to choose between him and rookie Kevin Magnussen. Button has recently revealed that if he cannot find a competitive F1 seat for next year he will walk away and pursue other opportunities.

    Whilst Jenson Button has a great relationship with Honda from his days in their factory team from 2006-2008,and will provide plenty of experience in the development of the new turbo Honda V6 engine. On the other hand McLaren will likely want to retain Kevin Magnussen after an above average season where he has taken a podium and confidently shown he deserves a place in F1. Also the upside with Magnussen will be an advantage for him also.

    BBC sport quoted Button's manager Richard Goddard as saying this earlier this week "McLaren aren't sure what they're doing and what their line-up will be. That's pretty obvious,Anyone who has a race seat available would like to have Jenson in it. Jenson is still focused on F1 but would only want to be in one of the top teams. So we're always open to talking to anyone.on is still focused on F1 but would only want to be in one of the top teams. So we're always open to talking to anyone. "

    If Button does decide to leave F1 at the end of this year it appears his most likely landing spot will be the World Endurance Championship. There are rumours he's been speaking to ex-F1 driver and Porsche factory driver Mark Webber about the series and his manager had this to say on the series.

    "The world endurance championship is a formidable series that is gaining strength and Mark going there has added a lot to it. It is a very credible race series to compete in. Jenson is an incredibly competitive racing driver who wants to race. He's too good to sit at the back of the F1 grid. So he either gets a competitive car in F1 or he goes to get one elsewhere."

    The driver situation at McLaren is unlikely to be revealed anytime soon, however it does appear increasingly likely their line-up will be Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen for next year. With McLaren being the last top team to reveal their drivers for next year, if this is the case it would likely spell the end of Jenson Button's long F1 career. From here it seems he would follow Webber and join the World Endurance Championship, something I would personally love to see if his F1 chances evaporate. What are your thoughts on Button's situation for next year?
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  2. Bram

    Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I hope he makes the switch to FIA WEC as that series will suits him excellent.

    Let's hope Alonso doesn't find a seat in F1 either and joins the endurance fun as sabbatical year away from F1 :)
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  3. Yeah I'd love to see Button mixing it in the WEC with the likes of Webber, Lotterer and Davidson however Alonso seems less likely he's still obsessed with winning more F1 titles for the time being.
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  4. Jempy

    Premium Member

    The perfect driver for endurance, Jenson. !...
    He's always been a driver able to drive quickly and spare the car tyres and mechanics.
  5. Nox

    Staff Member Premium Member

    F1, the feeder series for the brilliant WEC!
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  6. Martin Maaskant

    Martin Maaskant
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    I would think that is an excellent move for him. Lets face it, it can only go down hill from this point onward for him in F1. You might agree that he is already obsolete for F1 but that is more personal note then a fact.
  7. Yannick Van Broeck

    Yannick Van Broeck
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    I'd hate to see him leave F1. He's one of the last drivers with a buckload of charisma. I'd really miss him.
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  8. I think this change would be good for Jenson, he could reach good results in the WEC.
  9. mystaaRS

    If you get a Quali Place, you can get a Race Pace

    I would like to like to see him stay in F1, I think a Honda Powered car suits him, and it would be cool to see him reunite with the Japanese Giants. If, however, he decided that WEC is the right move for him, then good luck to him. :thumbsup:
  10. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Member Premium Member

    He should go to the BTCC :D
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  11. Would be an excellent move for JB. Jenson's connections with the Japanese motorsports community would most likely see him compete for Toyota in WEC along side Sebastien Buemi. But who knows we'll see.
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  12. Bram

    Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Those races are way too short for mr Stamina Jenson :)
  13. ARG1980

    Copenhagen APEX Premium Member

    KEVIN FTW :)
    Maybe I’m not that objective, but what the heck...
  14. Such a shame they are choosing a rookie over him, and such a shame no one is offering him a seat for the next season,
    F1 is not what used to be, now its all about ...well no one really
    knows what it is about,
  15. Richard Hessels

    Richard Hessels
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    Jenson should go to WEC... that's where the real men drive...
  16. It obviously unlikely, but I'd love to see him in IndyCar. Although WEC seems like the best thing for him. Also he'd have lots of time between races which means he could easily become an analyst on the BBC for F1. He'd be great doing that I'd say, but it obviously depends if he wanted to do it.
  17. Dont think i can handle Webber and Button leaving within one year of each other :(