Connect with us

2016 F1

McLaren says Button-Renault story ‘nonsense’



McLaren says Button-Renault story 'nonsense'

McLaren says Button-Renault story ‘nonsense’

McLaren has rubbished the theory that Jenson Button is weighing up a move to Renault next year to replace the Haas-departed Romain Grosjean.

“This article is nonsense,” a spokesman for the struggling Honda-powered team told us, after the speculation of a switch to Enstone for Button did the rounds.

Clearly, however, the threads of the story are all present.

Button and Ron Dennis are openly disputing whether a deal for 2016 is in place, Button says he only wants to be in F1 if he is “competitive”, and managing director Jonathan Neale said in Japan that McLaren would “respect” Button’s desire to go.

But Speed Week quoted Button as saying: “After so many years together, it would feel wrong to go somewhere else.

“If I am in formula one in 2016, it will be with McLaren-Honda,” he insisted.

The Button saga aside, another sign that McLaren-Honda is in turmoil is fresh speculation in the Spanish press that Fernando Alonso could decide to take a “sabbatical” in 2016 rather than spend another season at the back.

Former two-time champion Mika Hakkinen, referring to Alonso’s radio outbursts at Suzuka, told Finland’s Ilta Sanomat newspaper: “When development of the engine is very slow, it is a frustrating time for the driver.

“I remember it from my own career, when Mercedes came to McLaren,” he said. “But especially with these rules you cannot assume that engine manufacturers can take big steps at every race.”

Hakkinen continued: “Alonso and many other drivers are compensated really well for what they do, when they agree to support the team in good and bad times.

“Myself, I waited seven years for my first victory. Yes, Alonso is a double world champion, but he has only driven the McLaren-Honda for about half a year — yet already he has begun to complain about the engine manufacturer.

“Fernando should keep in mind that he signed up for this challenge,” Hakkinen concluded.

F1 legend Niki Lauda hopes McLaren-Honda can remain united amid the challenge.

“I just hope they don’t make the same mistakes that Red Bull and Renault made,” the Mercedes team chairman told Swiss newspaper Blick.

“Sure, McLaren expected more from Honda in the first year, and perhaps vice versa. But it also needs time, just as with Mercedes in the early years of Schumacher and Rosberg,” Lauda insisted.

“There are no guarantees of success in formula one,” he said. (GMM)


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F120 hours ago

Raikkonen could return to Sauber F1 for 2019

342SharesThe signs are growing ever stronger that Ferrari will have a new driver in 2019. Kimi Raikkonen admits that it...

2018 F120 hours ago

Red Bull encourages Honda power to prepare for 2019 F1

1ShareRed Bull is encouraging Toro Rosso and Honda to help the senior energy drink-owned team prepare for 2019. Honda already...

2018 F11 day ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

250SharesThe British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...

2018 F15 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F15 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F15 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F15 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

36Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F15 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

660SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F16 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F17 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media