Formula One's Jenson Button re-signs with McLaren
McLaren Mercedes quashed any speculation that former Formula One champion Jenson Button might drive elsewhere next year by announcing Wednesday that it re-signed Button to a new multiyear contract. Terms were not disclosed.
The Englishman stunned the Formula One world in 2009 when, driving for the Brawn GP team, he outdueled the powerful McLaren and Ferrari teams to win the world championship.
The next year Button himself moved to McLaren Mercedes, where he joined 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton.
But Vettel has all but clinched his second consecutive championship with a commanding 124-point lead over Button even though there are five races left on the F1 schedule. Vettel has won nine of the 14 races so far this season.
-- Jim Peltz
Photo: Formula One drivers Jenson Button, left, and Lewis Hamilton of the McLaren Mercedes team Sept. 22 ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images