The other big sporting news this week has been Jenson Button moving to McLaren. Mercedes themselves have bought about 75% share in what was Brawn GP so it will next year be called something like Mercedes GP. From all the media coverage about you get different stories but it seems that Mercedes want 2 German drivers. One of those already signed is Rosberg. The other one could be Heidfeld but there is a rumour that it could be Schumacher! (according to Eddie Jordan) There are even reports that Ross Brawn and Schumacher met up which could have been a small part of the reason Jenson decided to leave.
Jenson himself has said its not about money and the challenge. The challenge to race in the same car as Lewis Hamilton – widely regarded to be the fastest out and out driver. Its going to be tough for Jenson since McLaren is almost like Lewis’ team since hes been there so long. Also with the different driving style its going to be tough for McLaren to set up effectively what will be 2 types of cars.
I hope Jenson will do really well! He is my favourite F1 driver so I would say that! As he has said it was a tough decision, staying with Brawn he would have been the main guy, would have the “main man” as his boss (Ross Brawn), he knows the whole team and with the Mercedes money they would have had a lot of money to further develop the car – which they had been rumoured to have started developing on months ago. However, the chance to race against Hamiton and drive for a team like McLaren, who arguably would have a better car next season is a great chance!
The deal Jenson was apparently offered by Brawn would have been equal if not better than what he has signed with McLaren so it looks like its not all about money. Heres an interview on the BBC where he talks about the challenge and how its not about the money – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8369244.stm
I hope Schumacher drives in F1 next season. I still think hes got it in him. 2010 looks like its going to be a great season!! An all British team in McLaren, Alonso with Ferrari and Massa back, maybe Schumacher back, 4 new teams!!
One thing almost forgot to mention is Raikonnen. It looks like he wont be in F1 next season and will be taking part in WRC (Rallying). With his contract with Ferrari, the following year he will still get about £10m so the offers he was getting were not good enough for him. According to some reports he would have earned more sitting on his sofa doing nothing than signing for another team. Raikonnen was earning A LOT of money and not really getting the results – although not all his fault. I think hes a brilliant driver but I wont miss his interviews and press conferences!! YAWN!