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Jenson Button fails to make it onto grid in Bahrain

Jenson Button's wretched Bahrain Grand Prix weekend concluded even before the race started.

Button didn't even make it out onto the grid. Credit: Reuters

After incurring issues in both practice sessions on Friday, and again in qualifying on Saturday, Button's car failed to even make it out of the McLaren garage for the race at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Button was scheduled to start 20th and last after an electrical problem brought his qualifying to a halt after just three corners of his opening lap.

Despite his team of mechanics working feverishly to fix the problem, data materialised ahead of the evening event showing an issue still unresolved that could be traced back to the ongoing electrical problems.

With no guarantees the issue would not reoccur, on that basis it was determined the car would not be readied to start the race.


Jenson Button to remain with McLaren for 2015

Button had been in the dark about this McLaren future. Credit: PA

Jenson Button is to stay at McLaren for the 2015 Formula One season, Press Association Sport understands.

The British driver will partner Fernando Alonso who joins the team from Ferrari.

On Monday, the 2009 Formula One World Champion was still unsure about his future, admitting:

"It's a strange situation, but sometimes in life you find yourself in these difficult situations and you just have to deal with it."

The 34 year-old has been driving for McLaren since 2010.

McLaren force Button to wait over Formula One future

Will Button be driving in Formula One next season? Credit: PA

Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will have to wait a few more days yet before discovering their fate with McLaren.

A McLaren spokesperson has confirmed the team will not be making any driver selection announcements until next week at the earliest.

Button expressed his frustration on Thursday when he told Press Association Sport: "I just want to get it done.

"I want to hear the decision - as we all do - so we can all move on in whatever direction."

The 34-year-old made clear, however, that although his preference is to remain in F1, he has other irons in the fire which he is more than happy with.


McLaren to decide Button future on Thursday

Jenson Button's McLaren future will be decided on Thursday when the team's board meet on Thursday.

It is between Button and Kevin Magnussen for who will retained alongside imminent signing Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button doesn't know where he will be next year. Credit: PA

McLaren group chief executive Ron Dennis said following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: "'I've not made up my mind yet, but (the decision on the driver line-up) is not mine alone, and anyway, it wouldn't be appropriate.

"Any decision has to be supported by the shareholders and the board.

''It's pretty understandable we're looking at two people, and there's a broader choice than Kevin and Jenson, but nevertheless whatever the decision, it won't be taken until (the board meeting).''

Hamilton urges McLaren to keep Button

Button and Hamilton pictured at the 2014 British Grand Prix. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton has called on old friend Ron Dennis to do the "smart" thing and retain "star quality" driver Jenson Button.

Button heads into Formula One's off-season still unsure whether his 15-year career in the sport is over or if he will be handed a new contract by McLaren.

McLaren Group CEO Dennis has confirmed to Press Association Sport the situation will not be resolved until after a board meeting in early December.

Hamilton said: "I've known Ron for a long, long time and he is passionate about racing.

"I'm sure he'll make the smart decision, and for me, building a team to target being champions you need to have star quality drivers.

"There are only a handful of those and Jenson's one of them."

Jenson Button's father John dies aged 70

John Button with his son Jensen in 2009. Credit: Felix Heyder/DPA/Press Association Images

Formula 1 driver Jenson Button's father has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70.John Button, who has been a strong guiding force behind his son's career which includes winning the 2009 world championship, was found dead in his home on the French Riviera by a friend yesterday.

A statement released by the driver's agent read: "It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home in the South of France on Sunday.

"John's children Jenson, Natasha, Samantha and Tanya and the rest of the family are clearly devastated and ask for their privacy to be respected during this extremely difficult time."

Button and Becker send best wishes to Schumacher

Formula One driver Jenson Button and former German tennis star Boris Becker have sent their best wishes to Michael Schumacher on his 45th birthday, as the seven-time world champion remains in hospital following a serious skiing accident.

Schumacher's family has reportedly been briefed by doctors this morning on his condition.

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