It's Official: Jenson Will Move to McLaren

Patrick AllenAnalyst INovember 18, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes leads from Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing as they drive during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
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Well the news we all knew was coming has finally arrived. World Champion Jenson Button will join fellow Brit and Champion Lewis Hamilton at McLaren for the 2010 season.

I knew it was a done deal when I read this morning that Kimi Raikkonen will be switching from F1 to the WRC next year (At least he’ll get some interesting racing there! Lets just hope Toyota joins him!).

Many people see this as the most exciting news of the season and we’ll no doubt be bombarded by every little piece of information about it until the F1 season restarts.

Apparently, Jenson thought McLaren was the best option for his career despite public warnings from the likes of Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundel—but what do they know? They’re only two of the greatest champions that never were!

Personally, I think Jenson has made a huge mistake. Many believe he will be destroyed by Hamilton next year. Whilst I still believe this won't happen until we see it and the new regulations could work in his favour, I think Jenson had a much safer drive at Merc GP.

I mean, it is all very well stating that Nico is the top driver but when push comes to shove—if Jens was 20 points ahead, MGP isn't exactly going to push for Nico to catch up! I think Jenson had a far better chance of whipping Nico than he does Hamilton. I also think that if Hamilton begins to pull away, the British press will be far more critical of Jens than they would be if he was being beaten at Merc GP.

Of course I have confidence in Jenson and I will no doubt continue to support and write about him. However, I think he has made a mistake and I cannot support McLaren. It really is down to Jens now, more than ever. If he thought this year was hard—he ain't seen nothing yet!


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