McLaren vs Ferrari begin Button tug-of-war

Jenson Button at Canadian GP

Jenson Button won the sensational Canadian GP

Jun.20 (GMM) McLaren is willing to give their driver Jenson Button a pay rise to stop him defecting to Ferrari as replacement to Felipe Massa, which could lead into a tug-of-war between the two most succesful teams in Formula 1 history.

Jenson Button leads Felipe Massa in Barcelona

Jenson Button leads Felipe Massa in Barcelona

The Daily Mail said the British team is taking up the 2012 option on Button “but are so happy with his performances” that in the next few weeks McLaren is “likely to offer him an extended deal on improved terms”, adding  that McLaren is “ready to hand Button a pay rise”.

The 2009 world champion revealed last week that the Woking based team he joined last season “has an option on me for next year”.

At the same time Button said he is reluctant to agree a new long-term deal, despite boss Martin Whitmarsh admitting he would “quickly” ink a new multi-year contract with the former Honda and Brawn GP driver.

The latest twist in the story was a Ferrari source telling the News of the World newspaper that the Maranello outfit has “checked” with Button’s management to see when the Englishmanis available to take over Massa’s cockpit.

  • Dan Red

    Button will be better in Ferrari…as Massa drag Sauber to the top.

  • John

    Surprisingly Button has proved at McLaren he can win. At Ferrari he will always be No. 2 to Alonso. And if he does upstage Alonso expect some really childish behaviour.

    Massa is nibbling at Alonso’s heels.

  • Salman

    its better for button to stay at mclaren..dont want him to go at ferrari..he would play second fiddle to alonso there while at mclaren both drivers get equal treatment…

  • F1 fan

    I would be surprised if Jenson did go to Ferrari but stranger things have happened in his sport,besides he would be number 2 to Alonso so if would have to think about that,Ferrari would be way better off getting Schumacher back there for a couple more years,they might actaully win a race then.

  • Sennauno

    Im sure Jenson wouldnt want to repeat the Renault days when he was comprehensively out paced by Alonso