F1: Daily Mail gets right behind Jenson Button – not

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarTuesday, February 3rd, 2009

 
 

Some of our readers may be aware that the mid-market British newspaper The Daily Mail often has an unfortunate tendency to view life’s glass as half-empty.

In fact there are entire websites devoted to mocking its gloomy tone – whether it’s the risk of cancer from common household products, the freefall of the housing market or, and this has been a gift to its newsdesk recently, British weather chaos.

So the Brits on Pole management has to admit to bursting out laughing when coming across this little gem:

EXCLUSIVE: Button facing the end of his Formula One career at 29

Jenson Button’s hopes of remaining in Formula One depend entirely on the salvage operation being mounted by the beleaguered Honda management team.

It is understood Button is no longer a candidate for the Toro Rosso team, whose search for a second driver looks likely to end with the rehiring of Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais.

Toro Rosso are believed to need a driver with a budget to pay for his seat in these cost-conscious times – and Bourdais is thought to have access to funds. Read full article here…

It’s a bit hard to know where to start with this – the fact that Button never even tested with Toro Rosso, never mind being pencilled in for a drive? Or that the Brackley management team are clearly doing their best to provide one of their biggest assets with a race-ready car for Melbourne?

The fact that Button’s gold-plated paddock reputation as one of the most technically proficient drivers on the grid gives him more leverage than most in his position? Or that racing figures of the stature of Bernie Ecclestone think that it wouldn’t hurt him to sit the year out rather than devaluing his currency with a backmarker?

And… exclusive?

It’s a fact that Jense’s future looks uncomfortably uncertain at the moment. But we’re not ready to write him off (at the age of 29!) just yet.

In the meantime, we’re with Eric Idle in looking on the bright side however trying the circumstances:

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