Button: No reason to leave McLaren

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Jenson Button has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from McLaren, stating that he is perfectly happy with the British team.

Button, who won the world championship in 2009, was rumored to be unhappy with the team’s performance this season and subsequently looking into a move away from Woking. However, the Briton has rubber-stamped his faith in McLaren to bounce back soon.

“If this was a team that was consistently finishing fourth or fifth in championship then of course I would look elsewhere,” Button told Autosport. “In that case, I would look to one of the frontrunning teams to step up to, somewhere that could give me a race-winning car.

“But this isn’t a team that is finishing four or fifth in the constructors. This is a bad year and in years to come this team will be fighting for world championships. I am not looking around like some people might think.”

Following Mark Webber’s confirmation that he would be retiring at the end of the season, some areas of the British media suggested that a move to Red Bull may be on the cards for Button. Christian Horner has stated that the defending world champions are only considering Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Kimi Raikkonen for the seat, ending any chances of Button moving to Red Bull.

However, such a move may be unwise for Button given Sebastian Vettel’s influence at Milton Keynes, coupled with Button’s own success at McLaren. Since joining in 2010, he has shown great maturity and talent as a driver, finishing second in the 2011 drivers’ championship.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.