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Jenson Button Signs Contract Extension With McLaren F1 Team

October 05, 2011

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Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula One champion, signed a “multi-year” contract extension with McLaren, the Woking, England-based team said on its website.

Button, who joined McLaren before last season, is second in the drivers’ championship after 14 of 19 races. Leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing needs one point to clinch back-to-back titles. The next race is in Suzuka, Japan on Oct. 9

“I’ve never felt more at home at a team” than at McLaren, Button, 31, said on the website, adding that he is “driving better than ever.”

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who’s fifth in the championship, said on the website that Button has been a “genuine team player” since arriving from Brawn Grand Prix.

--Editors: Christopher Elser

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