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Hakkinen, not Button, set to drive McLaren M23 in Monterey

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Earlier this year, it was announced Jenson Button would saddle up in Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1974 world championship-winning McLaren M23 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 17-20.

“We are honored to host Jenson Button at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and showcase a car with such great history,” Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said at the time. “Formula 1 is the pinnacle of racing advancement and Jenson’s spirited exhibition laps will provide a superb link to motorsport’s past that fans will assuredly enjoy.”

But those plans have now changed, as McLaren announced Tuesday the two-time World Champion Mika Hakkinen would do so instead.

No reason was given for the change, but it would appear as though Button has become unavailable or has a conflict that’s arisen.