Jenson Button just confirmed what Ron Dennis already told the press last weekend. Instead of retiring, he will indeed stay with McLaren-Honda alongside Fernando Alonso for the 2016 season.

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Despite earlier reports suggesting otherwise, Button will give his utterly useless McLaren-Honda another chance in 2016 instead of ending up hosting Top Gear or fishing abroad, fulfilling his two-year contract with the team in the process.

The very pleased and dedicated Jenson Button had this to say about what lead to his decision:

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Over the past month or so I have done quite a lot of thinking, and it is no secret that I was at one point in two minds about my future.

But I have been a McLaren driver for six seasons now [2010-2015], and in that time I have got to know Ron very well. He and I have had some very good chats these past few weeks, and during those chats it has become clear to me that Ron is both utterly determined and uniquely equipped to lead our team through its current difficulties to great successes in the future. That gives me great confidence, and it is for that reason that, together, he and I have decided to continue our partnership; and, as soon as I had made that decision, straight away I realised it was the correct one.

Okay, granted, this year has not been an easy one for us, but we know what we need to do to improve things and, in collaboration with Honda, we will work extremely hard over the next weeks and months in order to make sure that 2016 will be a much better season than 2015 has been.

I can’t wait.

All eyes back on Honda now.

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