Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Jenson Button, Daniel Ricciardo and More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Jenson Button, Daniel Ricciardo and More
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Jenson Button may not have stood on the top step of a Formula One podium for almost four years, but the 2009 world champion's class remains undeniable.

As well as leading McLaren to success on the good days, Button has become an invaluable asset to the team on the bad days—so much so they simply couldn't afford to discard the 36-year-old during their worst season in 35 years in 2015.

And at the beginning of his 17th season in F1, Button has explained why he regards himself as the best driver on the grid because of his talent and work ethic at the circuit and his popularity within the paddock.

As bold a claim as it might be, it is difficult to argue with Button's statement. Although one man who could rival the veteran as F1's best pound-for-pound driver, all things considered, is Daniel Ricciardo.

After a character-building 2015, which prevented him from building upon his three grand prix wins the previous campaign, Ricciardo offered a reminder of his quality at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, finishing a comfortable fourth.

Red Bull appear to be on course for a much better season in 2016, and Ricciardo has claimed Renault's ever-improving power unit will be crucial to his team's success.

As well as aiding Red Bull's chances, Renault have their own team to think about after purchasing Lotus at the end of last year.

But despite the French manufacturer's major investment, managing director Cyril Abiteboul has stressed that Renault do not intend to dominate F1 like Mercedes and, indeed, Red Bull before them.

Renault enjoyed a steady start to the new season at the Australian GP. But the team that really impressed was Haas, the newcomers claiming sixth place on their grand prix debut.

Such is the competitiveness of modern F1 that the sight of a brand-new outfit being immediately competitive is increasingly rare, but former Manor team boss John Booth has explained why he wasn't taken aback by the strength of Haas' performance.

Closing this week's roundup is Felipe Nasr, who has paid tribute to Mark Smith following the technical director's ill-timed departure from Sauber.

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