‘Ferrari wanted Button to replace Massa’

Date published: April 2 2012

Jenson Button reportedly had an “offer” from Ferrari last season to leave McLaren and replace Felipe Massa at the Italian stable…

Jenson Button reportedly had an “offer” from Ferrari last season to leave McLaren and replace Felipe Massa at the Italian stable.

Having won the World title in 2009 with Brawn GP, Button was linked to a role with Ferrari.

However, instead the Brit opted to sign a two-year deal with McLaren which included an option for a third, 2012.

That, though, didn’t seem to dampen Ferrari’s interest with reports in the Brazilian media claiming he was approached by the Italian stable last season when they were looking for someone to replace the under-fire Massa.

But instead of swapping over, Button opted to commit his long-term future to McLaren.

Asked to comment on the report, Button told Estadao Esportes: “I was happy to see that my work is appreciated. I heard what some teams had to offer me.”