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Somerset's Jenson Button kept on by McLaren

Frome's Jenson Button will continue with McLaren for the 2015 season Credit: PA

Somerset's, Jenson Button has kept his McLaren seat for the 2015 season.

The future of the 2009 world champion had been in doubt, with McLaren putting off a decision on whether Button or Danish team-mate Kevin Magnussen would drive alongside the returning Fernando Alonso.

However, it's understood Button will be kept on by McLaren, with the 34-year-old agreeing a deal for a 16th season in Formula One.

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Jenson Button's father dies

John Button has died of a suspected heart attack Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Somerset 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. Whilst we await confirmation, initial signs would indicate a suspected heart attack.

A close friend who was visiting John on Sunday was the first to discover the tragic news.

"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."

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Jenson Button at racing premiere

Somerset racing driver Jenson Button was among the stars at the premiere of a new film in London.

The Formula One driver from Frome was invited onto the red carpet last night for the opening of "Rush".

The movie focuses on the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt who were competing in the 70s.

Jenson says a lot has changed since those times:

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