Button reveals essential prerequisite to hitch McLaren in 2010

Jenson Button joined McLaren for the 2010 season as F1’s reigning world champion, however the Briton remembers the very important situation he imposed on the crew earlier than accepting its supply.

Regardless of a banner yr in 2009 with Brawn GP throughout which he received six races and secured the title, Button moved on from Ross Brawn’s outfit which developed into the works Mercedes crew and joined forces with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.

However forward of signing his profitable take care of the Woking-based outfit, Button felt compelled to ask McLaren’s high brass – particularly Ron Dennis and Martin Whitmarsh – for a selected reassurance.

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“I bear in mind strolling into McLaren and the very first thing I stated earlier than I met anybody… I spoke to Martin Whitmarsh, I spoke to Ron Dennis and I stated, ‘My first query is, is that this Lewis’ crew, am I going to have equal remedy right here? As a result of if I am not, I do not wish to be right here’,” recalled Button chatting with The Excessive Efficiency podcast.

“And so they stated, ‘sure, every part shall be 100 per cent equal between each of the drivers’.

“I stated ‘now I can begin’ after which I walked in, met everybody, and bought a fairly good rapport with the crew in a short time.”

On the time, Button found McLaren’s trademark austere, pristinely clear and inflexible environment which mirrored Dennis’ administration type and character.

However the Briton, who went on to win eight races with McLaren between 2010 and 2012, revealed that his late father, John Button, who was a fixture within the F1 paddock throughout Jenson’s profession, helped heat up the setting.

“My dad would stroll in, he was all the time within the background,” remembered Button. “He would communicate to the engineers.

“It was fairly a chilly environment and he made it much more pleasant. And you already know my supervisor was nice, my physio, my PR man.

“I believe it simply made everybody a bit extra relaxed within the crew and drivers weren’t these alien individuals that you would be able to’t discuss to inside a crew.”

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