Button-Ferrari rumours resurface

Date published: September 21 2011

Speculation linking Jenson Button with a move to Ferrari is refusing to go away…

Speculation linking Jenson Button with a move to Ferrari is refusing to go away.

Both Ferrari and Button issued strong denials in June that the Briton would replace Felipe Massa at Maranello next season.

The McLaren driver laughed off the claims saying: “It’s hilarious because it’s not true. I don’t know who put that out there, but it wasn’t us and it wasn’t Ferrari. I think it’s just some column inches.”

Ferrari, meanwhile, described the reports as “just a load of twaddle”.

The rumours, though, have resurfaced and the 31-year-old Button is now being linked with a move to the Italian marque for the 2013 season.

Button’s current two-year deal with McLaren runs out at the end of this season but the team have an option on him for next year.

Although both parties have indicated that the 12-month extension will be taken up, there is a sticking point over the length of a new contract as McLaren want to tie Button down beyond 2012 while the former World Champion doesn’t want to sign into a long-term deal.

If Button gets his way then it would leave the door open for him to join Ferrari in 2013 as Massa’s deal expires at the end of next year.

According to Jornal da Tarde journalist Livio Oricchio, ‘Button is interested in Ferrari. And Ferrari is interested in Button’ for the 2013 season. He adds that ‘Button has the right profile of a Ferrari driver’ and has the ‘backing of (Fernando) Alonso’.