Button unperturbed by Alonso reports

Fernando Alonso Ferrari and Jenson Button

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button

Amid reports that Honda and McLaren are making a major bid to secure the services of Fernando Alonso for 2015, it is believed veteran Jenson Button is the man most likely to make way for the Spaniard, but the Briton is not worried.

“I don’t believe in reports,” Spanish reports quote Button as saying during a promotional event with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I have great respect for Alonso,” he added when asked if he would mind being teammate to the double F1 world champion. “I’ve known him since karting and I really like how he works. He is very fast, complete and very strong mentally.”

Meanwhile Honda have revealed that they will be ready to test the new Honda power unit during the first test of 2015 at Jerez, as the Japanese marque returns to the Formula 1 track after a six-year absence in the form of McLaren’s new works engine supplier.

But it remains to be seen who will be at the wheel of the new Honda-powered McLaren, as the partnership are reportedly making an audacious $32 million per year bid to woo Fernando Alonso from his Ferrari contract, which may contain a performance exit clause that was triggered on 1 September. (GMM)