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Jenson Button would have loved to drive for Ferrari during F1 career

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Former World Champion Jenson Button has admitted that during the course of his Formula One career, he would have loved to drive for Ferrari.

An illustrious career that spanned 17 years, Button saw ultimate success when he was crowned the champion in his only season at Brawn.

Starting his journey at Williams and stints with Benetton, Renault, BAR, and Honda, prior to his title winning campaign, the retired driver earned a move to McLaren in 2010.

In an interview to Top Gear, as reported by ESPN, Button said: “If it was the right situation, yeah of course I would have loved to drive for Ferrari.”

He revealed his ambitions to drive for top teams, managing to fulfil his dream to some extent.

“There were three that I wanted to drive for in F1 when I arrived, and they were, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren, and I’ve driven for two of them.”

Asked if there was a possibility of him joining the Italian outfit, the 36 year-old replied: “There was an opportunity at one point, but I thought [McLaren] was the best place to be.”

Stoffel Vandoorne, who made one F1 start in the last campaign, replacing Fernando Alonso while he was out injured, takes the empty seat alongside the Spaniard from 2017.

The Brit was quizzed to take a pick among the youngsters in the sport who could be a future world champion.

Button said: “Ricky Bobby – Daniel Ricciardo. Max is an amazing talent, and he will, I’m sure, be fighting for the World Championship one day, but I love the way that Daniel Ricciardo has upped his game this year.

“He’s the older driver, more experienced driver, but he hasn’t cracked under pressure, and I really like that about him. And he’s a good guy as well.”

Previously declaring a one-year sabbatical from the sport and that he could be back some time in the future, Button confessed that the race in Abu Dhabi felt like the final race of his career.

Although he was unable to drive for ‘The Prancing Horse’, Button can be regarded as one of the greats of the sport and a true legend hailing from the country.

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