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Button Leaves Brawn-Mercedes, Heads To McLaren- Mercedes

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On: Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:21PM | By: John Welch

Button Leaves Brawn-Mercedes, Heads To McLaren- Mercedes

Jenson Button does it all. He wins championships, has a different cast of models on his arm (arms, plural) at every race, and he has also authored a book on the 2009 World Championship - seemingly spewing out a novel in the span of two weeks. What a fancy Lad this Button is!

How do you follow all of this up? Why you simply leave your championship-winning outfit (that you have been a part of for the better part of ten years) to drive for a rival. Not because of money, not because of fanfare that comes with McLaren, but because you "want to be a member of an all-British GP team."

Balls, my friends, sheer Balls . . .

After months of speculation, begining way before the end of the F1 season, Button has finally made his decision. He is going to join countryman Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes. This move makes McLaren a British-run and owned organization, with British drivers exclusively. A pretty rare thing I would think.

Button released a statement through McLaren: “It’s always a difficult decision to leave a team when you’ve been there for so long. But life is all about challenges – and, most important of all, it’s about challenging yourself. So, although I won the World Championship with Brawn GP last year, and I’ll never forget that, I was always adamant that I wanted to continue to set myself fresh challenges."

“So that’s why I’ve decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. You can’t help but be affected by this team’s phenomenal history. McLaren is one of the greats of world sport, and its achievements and list of past champions read like a Who’s Who of Formula 1 – Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, and, of course, my new team-mate Lewis Hamilton. I’ve followed the McLaren team ever since I was a small boy, and it feels unbelievable to finally be a part of it.

“When I visited the McLaren Technology Center earlier this month, it wasn’t simply the technical resources and the incredible standards of excellence that impressed me. No, I was equally struck by the ambition, the motivation, and the winning spirit that flow through everybody there. And then there’s the team’s epic history: put it this way, the trophy cabinets seem to stretch for miles."

Button goes on to discuss some other crap, mostly inconsequential (I provided a source, go read that if you want more pontification). What does this mean to the American Formula One devotee? Simple; the more the driver line-ups of various current teams get adjusted and changed, the easier it is for new teams (re: USF1/GPE) to be competitive right out of the box. Sure, an experienced driver is an experienced driver, but it helps to be familiar with your team, how it operates, and how it constructs its Grand Prix car. More driver changes please; it's an unexpected help to the Formula One endeavors of our nation.

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