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GP Week : Issue 225
With Jenson Button’s struggles continuing at McLaren, the thought of returning to the team that gave him his start in Formula One, Williams, must be an appealing one. Snapped up by Sir Frank to race for the team in the 2000 season, Jenson was considered hot property, however he has struggled the early part of his F1 career until finally taking his maiden win at Hungary in 2006. Speaking in Hungary this time around, Button confirmed that racing with McLaren in 2016 was not a given, despite signing a two year deal at the end of last season. Ron Dennis also revealed last week that while it was a two year deal, the second year was an option rather than a guarantee of a partnership in 2016, one the team would decide whether on not to take up, not Jenson. What this means is that should McLaren choose to keep the British former champion, he would remain at Woking for a seventh season, even if he had better options on the table - such as one at the Mercedes powered Williams team. While the paddock continues to speculate about the 2016 driver line-ups, Jenson is outwardly fully committed to developing his Honda powered challenger, even if the lack of performance gets to him at times... "Fighting with your teammate and finding performance in the car are the two things keeping me upbeat," he said. "I'm still positive, but not as positive as when I was winning races. I don't mind saying that." McLaren remains spoilt for choice in the driver department, with both Fernando Alonso and Button on the books along with youngster Kevin Magnussen. There's even Stoffel Vandoorne, the McLaren protege currently leading the GP2 championship who is believed to have a deal which guarantees him an F1 drive should he take the title. 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news McLaren's to decide if it pushes button