F1 news: Jenson Button wants to end his career at McLaren
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Jenson Button has revealed he wants to remain with McLaren for the rest of his F1 career.
The 2009 world champion is set to negotiate a new contract at the end of the season, and team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes re-signing Button will be a quick process with both sides happy to continue their partnership.
“When I finish racing here, I won’t be racing in Formula 1 anymore,” Button told Autosport. “I’m very happy here. I want to enjoy my racing and I’m really enjoying my time here. I can’t see any reason to be anywhere else.
“I’m driving for one of the best teams in the world. It’s a position that most drivers would love to be in and I’ve worked very hard for it. I might be around for three years, five years…I don’t know.”
Tony Fernandes is set to rebrand his new GP2 team AirAsia Caterham after buying the iconic sportscar company.
The AirAsia boss, also team principal of F1’s Team Lotus, would not rule out a possible name change to his team if he loses the right to use the Lotus brand in the High Court next month.
Bernie Ecclestone has offered some hope to the Turkish Grand Prix amid talk that it could leave the calendar in 2012 due to an increase in payments and poor attendances.
An official from Istanbul’s Chamber of Commerce said that they would not host a race after the fee to host the event had doubled, despite the circuit being popular with drivers and the global audience.
“I think Turkey is a bloody good circuit,” said Ecclestone. “All the facilities there are good, everything is good except we don’t have a big crowd. I would be disappointed if we lose it but we can’t keep subsidising it.”
The FIA has contradicted a statement from Ecclestone suggesting Bahrain could get more time to decide if its postponed grand prix can be held later in the season.
Ecclestone had said the 1 May deadline could be extended, but an FIA spokesman said: “As far as we are concerned a decision is still due on Sunday. Because it’s a weekend it may be Monday morning that we announce the decision, but we haven’t spoken to Mr Ecclestone about any delay.”
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg will get the chance to be a part of Germany’s DTM touring car series this weekend as a chauffeur of an AMG Mercedes C-Class to special guests at Hockenheim, but will not race.
Rosberg is sure to come across familiar faces in Hockenheim with former Williams, McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard taking part, as well as former Jordan, Williams, and Toyota racer Ralf Schumacher.
Pirelli’s director of motorsport Paul Hembrey believes next weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix could be the worst race this season for tyre wear. Pirelli will again take their hard and soft compounds to Istanbul.
“I think Turkey will be similar to Sepang in terms of tyre wear, and if not even worse because of the very, very abrasive surface,” he said.
“What we realised in these last few races is we are missing three or four laps of durability, particularly with the harder compound on abrasive surfaces. What we don’t want is the teams to adopt the same strategy.”
F1 will light up Turin on 30 April with a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœshow run’ in the Italian city from Red Bull and Nissan.
The show, at Turin’s Vittorio Veneto Square, will feature two G Cabrios from the Japanese luxury car manufacturer opening the exhibition before Red Bull’s RBR7 is driven around a 2km circuit on the city’s streets by Mark Webber and Jaime Alguersuari from sister team Toro Rosso.
Four-time stunt riding world champion Chris Pfeiffer will also be at the event along with a parade of classic cars and a racing car developed by students of the Turin University.