McLaren has announced it has successfully negotiated an extension to Jenson Button’s contract with the team, confirming it has signed the 2009 World Champion on a “multi-year” deal.
Interestingly, the team and driver have been coy about how long the actual contract extension is…
“I’ve never felt more at home at a team than I do at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes,” Button is quoted as saying in the team’s official press release confirming the news.
“I’ve won four of the greatest races of my life here, I’m currently lying second in the Drivers’ World Championship, and I feel that I’m driving better than ever. You can only achieve that with the right level of support – and I truly believe that the passion and determination to win are stronger here at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes than anywhere else.
“As a Grand Prix driver, those are incredibly powerful feelings to share and be part of, and they’ve only reinforced my desire to commit my long-term future to this team. I’ve made no secret of my ambition to continue winning races and World Championships, and I fully believe this is the place where I can achieve those aims.”
“I can safely say that he’s one of the most capable and respected drivers we’ve ever had,” added McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.
“I’m therefore absolutely delighted that he’ll continue to work with us into the future. He’s a considerable credit to this organisation, and I’m proud to be his Team Principal. I feel sure that he’ll now build on the considerable success he’s already achieved with us, and will be even more successful with us in years to come.”
With McLaren’s line-up seemingly locked in for several years to come, it will now be up to Lewis Hamilton to lift his game after a generally ragged season that has seen Button quietly assume the mantle of the stronger driver this year.
Our sources tell us that the deal is for the next three years.
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