Button moving to Ferrari for 2013 season?

19 September, 2011

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button to be Ferrari team mates in 2013?

Sep.19 (GMM) The reason Jenson Button’s 2012 McLaren contract has not yet been announced is “simple”, according to well connected veteran Formula 1 correspondent Livio Oricchio.

At Monza recently, the paddock openly wondered why October is nearing without the British team having announced already that it is taking up the option on the highly-regarded driver’s existing deal.

Asked by the BBC if the delay over 2012 is because Button, 31, is pushing for fewer corporate appearance days, team boss Martin Whitmarsh answered: “It’s not all about that.”

Brazilian journalist Oricchio, writing in the Jornal da Tarde daily on Monday, said Button simply wants McLaren to confirm him for 2012 so that he is available on the market for the season after.

“The answer is simple: Button is interested in Ferrari. And Ferrari is interested in him,” wrote Oricchio.

Indeed, during the course of 2012, Ferrari will consider whether to extend Felipe Massa’s contract or seek a new teammate for clear number one Fernando Alonso.

“Button has the right profile of a Ferrari driver,” Oricchio explained. “Fast, capable of living with Fernando Alonso and regularly among the fastest ones. He also has Alonso’s backing.”

That would explain McLaren’s eagerness to tie up Button beyond 2012, even though the 31-year-old insists he would be happy to retire having never raced a Ferrari.

“When I was growing up I was excited about the three big teams; Williams, McLaren and Ferrari,” said Button.

“It doesn’t mean you need to drive for Ferrari to fulfil your childhood dreams because as you grow up things change. I’m happy and if I can win a championship here I’d be even happier.”

Said Whitmarsh: “We’re just talking about it. I think the right thing is that we discuss it quietly.

“I’m sure we’re going to find a way to work together for many years to come, that’s certainly my wish and I hope it’s Jenson’s.”


  • Nersis Angel Blue

    for some positive reasons I agree with your views and opinions Jenson’s good hope and Good Luck!

  • Danny

    Now it´s time to get Kimi to Mclaren! Kimi and Lewis – great pair!

  • Shazz

    @ danny i like your view point buddy> wish that happens.

  • Twiinz

    Button to the Scuderia would be great. He is fast, calm, and capable. I would love to see him team up with Fernando and company. They would be the best duo in F1 imho.

  • http://yallaF1.com F1 fan

    So much for Schumacher going there in 2013,huh.

  • Twiinz

    It would be fun to see Schumi back in red, but it will never happen. Sometimes reality sux. :)

  • http://www.educate-yourself.org illusiongt21

    I have been personally been thinking this was going to happen or may happen for the longest time. i predicted that Alonso and Button should be teammates when Ferrari announced they were bringing him to Ferrari…plus..Alonso is my favorite drive in F1 and Button is my 2nd favorite. This would be my dream team if there was a line up I would choose.

  • Jeff

    Personally, I think Jenson moving on from McLaren would be a big mistake for him. He has equal support from the team at McLaren, and is getting better and better as that relationship grows stronger. There’s no way that he would get that from Ferrari. It’s a team built around Alonso. If his style doesn’t match Fernando’s, guess who’s desired car development path would be followed.

    I think this is just smoke from an Italian journalist, trying to invent stories about Ferrari. Then again, when it comes to contractual blunders, Jenson has a long history of them. I hope he’s learned from them, and isn’t about to make another.

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