As far as F1 drivers go, Jenson Button is no proverbial spring chicken. He's been on the grid since the turn of the millennium, having debuted in 2000 with Williams before spending two years with Renault, seven seasons with the BAR/Honda/Brawn team and now he's in his second season with McLaren. But after winning the world championship two years back, he's currently sitting second behind Sebastian Vettel in the standings for this year's championship.

It's clear that Jenson's finally found his groove, and he's in no rush to change teams again. So it should come as no surprise that the British driver and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team have signed to renew their contract for several more years to come. Though we haven't seen a press release, the signing is being widely covered in the motorsport press. It's undoubtedly a smart move for both team and driver, and one that could bring another title back to Woking and into his trophy case in the near future. We'll be watching.


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      Swordman
      • 3 Years Ago
      This may seem controversial, but I'll write it anyway. Hamilton is better than Button. Button is way higher up in the driver's championship, but that's because he's a more restrained driver who takes fewer risks. Button is also a better race technician, in that he's better at timing pit stops and making tyre choices. But when it comes to qualifying, which is the best indicator of raw speed, Hamilton nearly always beats him. Hamilton takes much more risks, and they don't always pay off, but the second you stop taking risks is the moment you cease to be a racing driver.
        Bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Swordman
        I would think that winning would be the more obvious determiner of a great driver than qualifying. I wonder if you'd say the same thing back when Button drove for BAR Honda with Takuma Sato. Sato was fun to watch, he was very aggressive and almost always ended up grenading the car, while Button would be more conservative and actually podiumed several times. Almost all of the constructor points were scored by Button. I think there's a lot more to being a great driver than just having no regard for risks. Button's always been a great driver and a great sportsman. As an aside, it's interesting the article mentions Button's win as controversial because he was in the best car. That's generally true of all Formula 1 world champions... I don't think that diminishes the accomplishment one bit.
      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always felt he was underrated as a driver (even after being world champ) and i'm happy to see him doing so well. Go Jensen!
      Justin B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jenson has become my favorite driver! Definitely not something I would have said a few years back, but he is a very talented driver and I like the fact that he acts his age. You can tell that his peers and team all respect him. I was a Hamilton fan but he has been acting like the spoiled brat everyone told me he is. Very disrespectful and arrogant.
        SAM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        I feel the exact same way! I've always respected Button, but he wasn't one of my favorite drivers until the past few years.
        Blue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        @Justin B. I agree entirely. I was always barracking for Hamilton, but in hindsight, he threw away a world title in his rookie year, did his best to hand the next one to Massa, and has been impetuous and arrogant ever since. I respect the fact that he wants to win at all costs, but I'm starting to think that maybe Alonso wasn't the arrogant prick I always imagined him to be, and Hamilton was the arrogant one all along...
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      So happy about this. GO JENSON!
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      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's grown on me, since '09. I watched him stun in the car and thought, "he's benefiting from the car in the way that Rubens isn't". That he outclassed Rubens and pushed through the season awed me. I was really happy to see him move to McLaren. What really sold me was his 40+ laps on inters at Australia. I couldn't be swayed. Until he retires, I am a diehard Button fan. He's classy. He relishes EACH win like it's his first, and doesn't make stupid mistakes.
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      J Ritt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm happy for Button. While some of these guys come across as arrogant whiners, Jenson seems like a genuinely decent guy who's not afraid of hard work and sticking it out. He slogged through quite a few frustrating years with Honda, and has since made the most out of his opportunities with the top teams. I'd love to see him win another championship. He paid his dues, and now he's reaping the rewards. Congrats to him.
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