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Webber encourages Button to quit F1

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12/11/2014

His future in F1 seemingly out of his hands, Jenson Button has been advised by former rival Mark Webber to head to Sports Cars.

Currently, Button is in F1 limbo, unsure whether he has an F1 drive in 2015 or not. With Fernando Alonso widely thought to be heading to McLaren, the future of the current drivers, Button and Kevin Magnussen remains up in the air.

Should the Spaniard return to Woking would the team opt to retain the Briton, who has a long-standing relationship with (2015 engine partner) Honda or rookie Magnussen who has (mostly) impressed in his first season. Whilst the Dane would be the less expensive option it is unlikely that Honda will be concerned about money at this stage.

Of course, that's assuming Alonso is heading back to Woking, if he isn't all bets are off.

And that is part of the problem for Button who claims that the team is telling him nothing and that he feels he has already been cast aside.

"You want to feel like you are wanted within a team and part of the family," he told reporters in the wake of a convincing drive to fourth in Brazil. "It's like if your parents were to turn round and say 'You know what, we're not sure if we want you at Christmas this year. But your brother can come, he's great'. You want to feel like you are part of the family and that they want you to be part of the family. That's more important than cash.

"Whatever happens next year, the money is not the issue in any way, shape or form... for me, anyway," he insisted. "Whether I'm racing here or racing somewhere else, I do it because I love it. I still want to earn money because I feel I have achieved and I feel that I should get paid for what I do in an F1 car or in a racing car and for what I bring to a team. But, I will race somewhere even if I'm not getting the big bucks, unlike a few drivers who are out there."

Taking to Twitter this morning, Button, who admits to be stunned by the level of support he's getting from fans and even fellow drivers, wrote: "Hopefully soon I'll be able to give you more info about my future."

Shortly after, Mark Webber, who has successfully made the switch from F1 to Sports Cars, replied to the Briton.

"Matey just sign that sports car contract and get on with it. Be mega to have you with/against us next year."

Previously, Button has been linked with Porsche, the team with which Webber has found a new home, but this was subsequently denied. However, the Australian appears to know more than he's letting on.

All of which should inspire Ron Dennis, Eric Boullier and pals to make a decision... assuming, of course, they know what's happening.

Then again, there’s the thorny issue of third cars.

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1. Posted by Paul RB, 17/11/2014 8:30 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 17/11/2014 8:48)

"This comment was removed by an administrator as it was judged to have broken the site's posting rules and etiquette."

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2. Posted by Ro, 12/11/2014 21:41

"Maybe Lewis should also go to McLaren.....fireworks....."

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3. Posted by Paolo, 12/11/2014 18:21

"Perhaps the next time Alonso visits Woking he will take a long hard look at the building that was scheduled to become a museum, lecture theatre and learning resource that had to be scrapped because of the $100 million fine imposed on the team after the last time he threw his toys out of the pram. Is this guy really so great that his past tantrums can be forgotten so easily?? Honda owe Button for the years he wasted at BAR and McLaren staff deserve better than to have to forget the Spaniards past tantrums. "

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4. Posted by Ro, 12/11/2014 17:41

"Im sorry but I stand by what Chris Balfe said. This site is by far the best and definitely un-biased. F1 should get its act in order or it will just disappear. The engines this year have been the reason so many people havnt followed the series. Bring back the V8's, these V6's are for endurance racing and then they would mean something to the ordinary road-going cars. Currently the F1 engines last no more than 3 GP's before they are scrapped and at 1.2 Million each no one on the road could afford them !"

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5. Posted by nonickname, 12/11/2014 15:08

"Hi Chris,
May I support you motion... He/she/It, definitely is a MORON."

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6. Posted by Editor, 12/11/2014 15:00

"@Brysie

If your accusation of bias wasn’t so utterly pathetic it would be laughable.

You Sir, are a moron."

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7. Posted by Brysie, 12/11/2014 14:52

"It's a shame that pitpass is so biased toward Ron Dennis getting rid of Jenson. (note in particular the penultimate sentence in the article 'Webber encourages Button to quit F1'). Some F1 websites maintain a strict neutrality when writing articles. Jenson Button would be invaluable to Honda's development. Too many people think that 'younger is always better'. It's not, if you are an Engineer wanting technical feedback. Pitpass should employ an Engineer or two to contribute to their articles rather than rely on fashion writers"

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8. Posted by fredfrog, 12/11/2014 10:28

"Jenson, all the signs are there that F1 has seen its best. The midget has ridden the pig into the ground! And vested interests won't allow it to be repaired through compromise.
You're a top quality individual with a huge amount to offer any sports car team. Take Mark's advice and make the leap. It would be awesome ... 'mega' ... to see you there.
As a fan, that's where I'm headed. F1 holds no allure anymore."

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