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It's not always black and white - Jenson Button airs his Honda frustrations

Published by Christine

Jenson Button

Jenson Button has finally come right out and admitted that the season last year, well, it basically sucked. He uses different words, obviously, but the point is the same.

I remember after Hungary this year wanting to hit something. I'd won that same race 12 months previously and now I was there sitting in something which was undriveable.

He goes on to say that his contract does state that he can sit down and discuss with the team how they are letting him down terribly and he doesn't have to put up with it. It seems slightly out of character, but Jenson has said he won't be.

If things don't work out, that's exactly what I'll be doing.

Personally, I can't believe it's taken this long for JB to announce his frustrations. He and Barrichello have clearly been struggling all year, and just as clearly, keeping schtum as to how they really feel about it. I'm all for sticking with your team during the ups and downs, but last year was a new low for the Brackley-based team.

I can't imagine someone like Hamilton or Räikkönen giving their team this much grace if underperformance was the name of the game, and we've all seen that Jense isn't afraid of backing out of a contract. What is keeping him there?

Is it because of the appearance of the aforementioned Hamilton, that Button now has less options for the future and believes staying in a rubbish team is worth it if it's your only way to stay in Formula 1? I hope that's not the case, because even though I am seriously biased, he is a good driver and needs the opportunity to prove it on track. You've got to think that Barrichello stays with the team because he has very few other opportunities.

If or when Jenson decides enough is enough, where is he going to go? Is this piece of news just a callout to other teams that he's not signed up with Honda forever? That he might be available if the right deal came along? There's a spare seat at McLaren, I wonder if he thinks he would fit in nicely there. Two British drivers in the same team would be something to see these days.

So I guess the question is: Is Ron listening?