Jenson Button To Race at Monaco For McLaren
Just what we were expecting – Jenson Button will be racing at the Monaco Grand Prix for McLaren.
McLaren-Honda are delighted to announce that it’s race drivers for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix will be Stoffel Vandoorne and Jenson Button.
Owing to Fernando Alonso’s commitments with McLaren-Honda-Andretti over the weekend of the Indianapolis 500, which the iconic race will take place on the same date, May 28th – will see Jenson Button take over Fernando’s McLaren for one race only.
Fernando will be back in Formula 1 for the Canadian Grand Prix onwards.
After the announcement was made, this is what Jenson Button had to say.
“It’ll be nice to say “Hi” to all my old Formula 1 mates….”
“I’m thrilled to be making a one-off return to Formula 1 racing and I couldn’t think of a better place to make that return other than my adopted home – Monaco.”
“I’ve won that race before, in 2009 and it’s one of my all-time-favourite racetracks. It’s a tricky street circuit on which a good driver can really make a difference.”
“Although the season for McLaren-Honda hasn’t begun well, I think it may be suited to Monaco than to the faster circuits that Fernando and Stoffel have raced on so far this season.”
“I realise that we won’t have a realistic chance of repeating my 2009 victory but I think that we will have the opportunity to score World Championship points – that will be valuable to the team. “
“As for Fernando, I hope he not only fares well at Indy but enjoys it too – it’ll be a great experience for him, he’s an excellent driver and as we all know – he’s very experienced so although it’ll be new to him, I expect him to get to grips with it all pretty quickly.”
“After the Monaco Grand Prix, I’ll sit down and watch him do his stuff on TV, I’m looking forward to that too.”
“Most of all, I’m looking forward to pitting myself against the unique race challenge that is the Monaco Grand Prix – I’ll drive around Monaco in the McLaren sim beforehand and I reckon I’ll be ready for the race after doing that.”
“I’m supremely fit having done the triathlon training recently so I have no worries on that score – it’ll be nice to say “Hi” to all my old Formula 1 mates too and hopefully give the fans something to cheer about.”