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Why Button was shouted at over McLaren switch

Why Button was shouted at over McLaren switch

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Why Button was shouted at over McLaren switch

Why Button was shouted at over McLaren switch

Former F1 world champion Jenson Button has revealed how he was shouted at by one of his Brawn GP bosses over his move to McLaren at the end of 2009.

Button and Brawn GP completed a fairytale championship double in 2009 after the team was resurrected from the ashes of the Honda team that quit F1 at the end of 2008.

The British driver signed for McLaren ahead of the 2010 season to bring an end to his six-year association with the team that became Mercedes.

Speaking to The High Performance Podcast, Button explained how he was told the switch was 'crazy'.

"We came into McLaren after winning the world championship in 2009," said Button.

"People said it was the craziest move to move to McLaren alongside Lewis Hamilton and even Ross Brawn said that,"

"I told the team I was leaving at the end of 2009. I spoke to Nick Fry who basically just shouted at me - he was one of the bosses with Ross Brawn at the time.

"I remember I was going into his office and telling him I was leaving and he just shouted at me and I basically just started laughing because it was a really uncomfortable situation.

"I kind of felt for him, for how aggressive he was. He just looked at me and was like 'why are you laughing at me'? It was the situation and it was just what I didn't expect.

"I told Ross and he was very friendly and said 'I think you're making a big mistake going up alongside Lewis'.

"I was like 'this is awesome', a lot of positive energy I am getting here but it happens. I didn't have a contract for the next year, it didn't feel like the place for me and McLaren was."

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