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

Diary: Button doesn't push Tamara's

"Don't call me a socialite, call me a businesswoman," demanded the socialite Tamara Ecclestone in The Mail on Sunday. The daughter of diminutive F1 boss Bernie, Miss Ecclestone claims her father's name has been both a blessing and a curse, although his £2.5bn is mostly a blessing: if she were PM for a day, she says, "the first thing I'd do is abolish inheritance tax". Miss Ecclestone also harbours a grudge against the dashing F1 star Jenson Button, apparently because he once answered his phone in her company. "Jenson Button used to be a likeable guy but fame has gone to his head," she claims. "I was conducting an interview with him in 2009 and he broke it off to take a call on his mobile. To me, that's the height of bad manners. He seems to have changed enormously as a person on the back of his F1 success. I don't even think he deserved to be world champion. There's no way he'd have won in 2009 if everyone had been driving similar cars. Quite simply, there's no way he's the best F1 driver." What if he was just taking a call from his mum?!

Something For The Weekend: 06/08/2011

It's squeaky-bum time for...

...contenders in the title race

It's the football season again, and with that comes hyperbole and outlandish statements.

Jenson Button: 'I don't make friends easily. I struggle to trust people'

Button likes to talk tyres with his girlfriend, wants to be a driving instructor when he retires, and his Dad puts the 'p' into partying

Button turns back clock to reign in rain at landmark race

Canny call on tyres serves Briton well while Hamilton goes for a spin and finishes fourth

Button marks his 200th Grand Prix with a win

Jenson Button made it a 200th grand prix to savour as he grabbed his 11th victory in Formula One by taking the chequered flag at a captivating race in Hungary.

It's bye-bye Chris, hello Caleb as old favourites pushed off top names list

Ruby is the top name for baby girls in Wales, most probably influenced by Charlotte Church's daughter

Button expects close battle in Hungary GP

McLaren's Jenson Button expects another close fight between the top teams at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Button's team-mate Lewis Hamilton won a race-long battle with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Mark Webber in Germany on Sunday.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh backs Jenson Button after slump

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has vowed to help Jenson Button out of his slump and ensure his 200th grand prix on Sunday is one to remember.

Button apologises to fans over pit-stop error

Jenson Button was left apologising to the fans following another British Grand Prix to forget.

Hamilton and Button held back by the rain but rate home chances

McLaren drivers get a good feeling for new rear wing and are upbeat over hopes for a British win tomorrow

Button and Hamilton both target home triumph under British rain

The rain tumbled down in sheets over Tower Bridge yesterday. "Beautiful day," said Jenson Button, deploying that effortless grin as he peered towards the Tower of London. "I've brought my girlfriend. She said to me – is this summer in England?"

Two (million) Brits seek home GP win

Hamilton and Button are looking to deliver on a level playing field at Silverstone.

Button eyes Silverstone podium

Jenson Button is desperate to land a podium finish at the British Grand Prix for the first time in his Formula One career. It is one of those remarkable quirks that in 11 previous attempts around Silverstone, Button has never once been able to savour the acclaim of his home fans for a top-three finish.

Hamilton and Button take on photography challenge

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1™ drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were tasked with styling, directing and photographing an eccentric high-end British Summer fashion shoot under the watchful eye of renowned stylist Valentine Fillol-Cordier.

Vettel ready for another battle at European GP

Sebastian Vettel believes he faces another "tricky weekend" as he looks to erase the memory of his last-lap mistake in Canada.

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