Jenson Button’s Ford GT for sale

A 2005 Ford GT first owned by ex-F1 World Champion Jenson Button is to be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions.

The car is one of five ‘VIP’ marked models and will go under the hammer with an estimate of £250,000 to £300,000 at Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (February 25-26).

2005 Ford GT - Ex Jenson Button MBE rearSwiss Ford GT dealer Grimm of Geneva delivered the car to the Frome-born racing driver in August 2005 and it was subsequently UK registered in 2006.

The high performance Ford GT showcases advanced technologies. For instance, it’s constructed on a lightweight aluminium chassis coated in superplastic-formed lightweight composite and features aluminium body panels.

Finished in evocative white with blue racing stripes, it’s powered by a mid-mounted, hand-built, supercharged quad-cam 550bhp V8 and can hit 60mph in about 3.5 seconds, while the maximum speed is limited to 205mph.

The car was acquired by its current owner in 2011 and has just 8,350 miles on the clock. It will be supplied with a history file including stamps and invoices from ‘Mountune’ and two services by Ford GT experts GT101, as well as copies of the order form signed by Jenson.

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McLaren 2015 review

McLaren had a average year in 2013 and an awful one in 2014, and remarkably 2015 was even worse.

The season yielded the teams worst season in their 50 year history which was mainly down to their woeful power unit.

The season was meant to be one of success, years of steady decline with a move to rekindle their former glory days by returning Honda.

The Honda power unit has been disastrous, there is little doubt about that.

At the start of the season, the team and various pundits all expected McLaren to bounce back by the second half of the season, if anything things at times got worse or stayed the same.

The Honda PU massively lacked horsepower and whenever things looked hopeful it just gave up the ghost all together.

The team had ten technical retirements across the season which is as many as they had over the previous four seasons combined.

The optimism that world champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso expressed were all but dashed by the time the final chequered fag waved in Abu Dhabi.

It was almost sad seeing these two great drivers being force to scrap over positions out of the points, struggling at times to make it out of Q1 and being overtaken as Alonso put it in Japan as though they were in “a GP2 car”.

2016 has to be an improvement who else expect a swift departure from both Alonso and Button.

We saw from Ferrari between 2014/15 that improvements can be made, but McLaren are in a worse position than Ferrari were at the end of 2014.

More than two seconds has to be found in the PU and the chassis, and that is just to catch up to the front runners pace of last season, this years front runners will have found another second or two in their own cars.

McLaren were seen as a mighty and powerful team, so dominant 20 years ago and regular race winners over the past decade, their torrid seasons are catching up with them financially and sooner or later something will have to give because struggling to even achieve points is unacceptable.

McLaren duo handed grid penalties

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The Honda engine has caused issues all season longSource- BBC

Both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have been hit by grid penalties ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix as the team seek further improvement from their troubled Honda engine.

Alonso debuted an upgraded power unit at the last race in the US whilst Button stuck with the older unit, but this weekend the Briton will be given the upgraded package too, whilst Alonso will get a new version of the Texas upgrade.

Alonso will suffer a total grid penalty of 15 places, 10 for the new engine and five for a replacement gearbox – and Button 20, with each of the two engines costing him 10 places.

It is possible Button will have further penalties if other parts of the engine are changed, therefore will guarantee he starts from the back of the grid.

The layout of the revised Mexican GP circuit which is in Mexico City itself isn’t expected to play into the hands of the McLaren car so the team have decided that this is the best circuit to take the penalties rather than at any of the final two races of the season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Button to stay at McLaren in 2016

Source-Autosport

McLaren-Honda have confirmed that Jenson Button will continue to race for the team in the 2016 F1 season.

McLaren have endured one their worst seasons in the teams 50 year history where they currently lie in ninth in the contructors championship whilst Button is in 18th.

The 35 year old was considering his future in the sport after rumours that McLaren wouldn’t retain him for next season, but team boss Ron Dennis attempted to quash those stories at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Now the 2009 world champion has been confirmed and will take part in his 17th season in the sport and his seventh with McLaren.

No word was mentioned about team mate Fernando Alonso who despite having two more years on bis three year contract suggested that he may not be at the struggling team in 2016.

Alonso critical of ”GP2” McLaren

Fernando Alonso has admitted his embarrassment at the current form of the McLaren-Honda.

Dennis and Alonso- Source- Telegraph

Both Alonso and team mate Jenson Button were easily overtaken by various drivers and the Spaniard voiced his criticisms over the team radio branding the Honda power unit as a “GP2 engine”.

For Button it was the first time that he has started a race in Suzuka and failed to reach the top 10 as he finished in 16th, whilst Alonso barely held onto 11th.

Button said after the race that it is comparable to a ”Samurai warrior without a sword and armour”.

The Briton’s future with McLaren is in doubt as is Alonso’s who despite having a three year contract with the team failed to confirm if he will be at the Woking team in 2016.

In 2007 Alonso had a multiple year contract with McLaren, but quit after one season after clashing with then rookie Lewis Hamilton as well as falling out with team principal Ron Dennis and playing an unhelpful role with the Spygate scandal.

Dennis has expressed his annoyance at Alonso’s outspoken remarks, but he will avoid any confrontation they may antagonise the fiery Spaniard.

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