McLaren, Button to split in 2016 (Update)


Button figures why stay in F1 if you can't win?

(GMM) Jenson Button has been linked with a shock move from the F1 grid to the television presenter's chair.

The Daily Mail reports that the veteran grand prix driver could be part of the new lineup for the popular British motoring program Top Gear.

Earlier this year, the BBC sacked Top Gear's controversial presenter Jeremy Clarkson, and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May said they would also not return.

Button's future in F1 is currently the subject of speculation, as McLaren-Honda holds a one-sided 'option' on his services for 2016. He has also been linked with a switch to Williams.

The Daily Mail claims Button is currently "in talks with the BBC about co-presenting Top Gear".

"An announcement is imminent," a source reportedly said.


Button (L) has been doing better than Alonso (R). If the team is going to get rid of anyone perhaps they should sack Alonso

(GMM) McLaren has played down reports it is already looking to replace Jenson Button for 2016.

Britain's Sun newspaper predicted the Honda-powered team could "boot" the 2009 world champion despite him having a two-year contract in his pocket.

The Sky broadcaster quoted a McLaren insider as dismissing the speculation as "tittle-tattle".

And just last week, McLaren supremo Ron Dennis had suggested there was no room at Woking for 2016, even though reserve Kevin Magnussen is champing at the bit.

"I have two world champions who are among the very best," he was quoted by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

"Perhaps that means I have to help him (Magnussen) into another team for another learning year," said Dennis.

And when asked about rumors Magnussen could be drafted back into the McLaren lineup for 2016 at his expense, Button answered: "What happens, happens.

"At the end of last year my future was in limbo for months, but now here I am sitting with you," the 35-year-old was quoted in Canada by Speed Week.

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