MX23RW : Tuesday, November 20 18:28:37

Mark Webber expects Jenson Button retirement talk in 2016

Before even a single lap in the 21-race grand prix calendar has been logged, Jenson Button's future in Formula 1 is already being discussed.

Before even a single lap in the 21-race grand prix calendar has been logged, Jenson Button's future in Formula 1 is already being discussed.

In part, that is because McLaren supremo Ron Dennis kicked off the week of the 2016 season opener by admitting openly that Stoffel Vandoorne could make his debut for the Honda-powered team next year.

On F1's official website, Dennis said that he will therefore get together for contract talks with Button, the most experienced driver on the grid, "during the course of the year".

Not only that, 36-year-old Button openly admitted late last year that he almost called time on his 16-season F1 career.

"There was a turn mentally with his decision to retire," Mark Webber, who retired at the end of 2013 and switched to Le Mans, told The Sun.

"The next phase is not sorted for him yet. He's certainly in the last part of his career and I hope the car's tidy and he has a half-decent weapon to fight with, but then there'll be a call around Monza for that letting go.

"He's a real pro and had a phenomenal career but there's nothing worse as an athlete than being asked when you're going to retire."

Button, who won the drivers' championship in 2009, entered F1 with Williams in 2000.


Click here for more stories about Mark Webber

Share this article now:
Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams attends the drivers press conference during previews for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on October 31, 2013
Read Next:
Bottas: 'Silly season not more important in 2016'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account