Button expects no problems over 2014 McLaren contract

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Jenson Button is still waiting to finalise his McLaren contract for 2014 but doesn’t expect any problems with the deal.

The 2009 world champion told Sky his contract is “not an issue for either party”.

He added they were “just concentrating on racing and we’ll be racing together in 2014”.

Button joined McLaren in 2010 and extended his contract with the team the following year. But he recently revealed an extension on his services for 2014 had not yet been agreed.

Until this year Button was paired with Lewis Hamilton at the team, in one of the few all-champion driver line-ups the sport has seen.

Next year champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be paired at Ferrari – something Button things both drivers will benefit from:

“It’s an interesting one,” said Button. “I’ve been with Lewis before, we’re both world champions, and that was a pretty interesting atmosphere in the team.”

“I don’t think it was a bad thing – I think it was a good thing for both of us – and we’ll see if it’s a good thing for those two.”

Button has finished on the podium 25 times since joining McLaren and has won for the team eight times. But he hasn’t added to either tally so far this year with the uncompetitive MP4-28.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.