Sport McLaren drivers (left to right) Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne at the launch of the new MP4-29 car at their base in Woking

British driver considered options but is looking forward to revitalised McLaren

John Button celebrates with his son Jenson after he claimed the 2009 Formula 1 drivers' world championship

F1: Jenson Button sends Twitter tribute to 'Papa Smurf' after the death of his father John

The 70-year-old suffered a suspected heart attack on Sunday and the McLaren star has posted an emotional tribute to his late father, in which he thanked everyone for their support

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 16 January 2014

City beat Rovers in replay to close in on century of goals

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 January 2014

Gunners survive late scare to top the table again

The McLaren P1: That’s a hybrid?

217mph with an electric motor. Wow

Sebastian Vettel finished top of the practice timesheets for the Indian Grand Prix

Indyplus F1: Lotus mock rule changes with 18 proposals of their own

The FIA announced earlier this week that double points will be awarded in the final Grand Prix of the season, a move that world champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled 'absurd'

Jenson Button will be partnered by rookie Kevin Magnussen at McLaren next season

F1: Jenson Button admits his surprise after McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez is replaced by rookie Kevin Magnussen

Button has stressed the importance of having an experienced team-mate with the upcoming rule changes but concedes he will adapt to a sport that is always changing

Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti has been forced to retire from racing after injuries sustained in a horror crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last month

F1: Paul Di Resta backs cousin Dario Franchitti to remain in motor racing after forced retirement

The four-time IndyCar champions announced his retirement yesterday due to injuries he suffered in a horrific crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last month

The Sport Matrix: Friday 20 September 2013

Winter World Cup moves step closer as Uefa backs plan

A pensive Jenson Button is glad to be ‘home’ at Silverstone

F1: Jenson Button says McLaren's image has changed

The former world champion has struggled this season in an uncompetitive car

Sebastian Vettel was quickest in practice at Spa-Francorchamps

Belgian GP: Red Bull door surprisingly reopens for Kimi Raikkonen

Team principal says nothing should be ruled out in search for new driver

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel

Belgian GP preview: Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo the talk of the paddock as Formula One returns at Spa

Following the four-week summer break, Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton will be looking to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel talk after the race, with the Finn managing to keep the championship leader at bay to take second - after the race Vettel played down an incident between the pair where Raikkonen had blocked him from passing during the last few laps (Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
It began a string of bizarre tyre explosions as both Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Torro Rosso driver Jean Eric-Vergne suffered the same incident just a few laps later

Lewis Hamilton climbs from last to fourth in British Grand Prix as series of drivers' wheels explode

The spectacular tyre failure that robbed Lewis Hamilton of the British Grand Prix victory he was determined to deliver to his legion of fans not only handed the win to his Mercedes’ team-mate Nico Rosberg but proved a prelude to a dramatic and dangerous day which moved Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey to suggest that the sport had had a “narrow escape.”

Tyre testing: Jenson Button hopes Pirelli ease safety concerns

Jenson Button is hoping Pirelli has an ace up its sleeve to ease the fears of every driver heading into this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton's British Grand Prix hopes dimmed as number of drivers' wheels explode

Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of winning the British Grand Prix have diminished following a tyre failure on lap eight of the Silverstone track.

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