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Fry: Button Will Stay!

Unlike teammate Rubens Barrichello, Honda's Jenson Button doesn't have to worry about securing his F1 seat in 2009. The British driver is yet to be confirmed with Ross Brawn's team for the upcoming season but will more than likely sign an extension to his Honda deal later this year. With Renault securing Fernando Alonso for the next 2 years, Honda's CEO Nick Fry has already admitted that Barrichello's future is on the line, and not Button's.

“We want to look at some new guys. think it is important that we bring some fresh blood into F1. Rubens is 100 percent aware of the situation. He has been for some time. He knows he is in with a chance but he knows we want to evaluate other people as well, so I think he has been very grown up about it,” admitted Fry earlier this week.

The Englishman also admitted that Honda has taken their focus out of their 2008 campaign in order to get ahead of their competition on developing the RA109. Also, with the new updates, Fry believes Button will have a good package to challenge for podiums in 2009.

“We deliberately had a strategy of not doing much to this year's car, investing all our resources in next year. I am absolutely convinced that if we, at Honda, give him the car that can do the job he can compete with Lewis,” BBC Sport quoted Fry as saying earlier yesterday.

Honda are yet to make a decision regarding next year's drivers' lineup. Despite being one of the few teams to begin their autumn testings without an official lineup for 2009, Fry doesn't seem too worried about it.

“We are not hurrying to choose our drivers for next year. We can afford to wait until possibly just before Christmas,” insisted Fry. Ross Brawn's team are to test GP2 runner-up Bruno Senna at Barcelona later this month, as the Brazilian is the most likely to replace Barrichello at Honda. For now, it seems that the F1 veteran's only shot at continuing his F1 career with Honda would be Senna's signing a deal with Toro Rosso, as the Brazilian will also test a STR car later this year.

 
 
 
 
 

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