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Whitmarsh keen to keep drivers for five years

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Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton "do really have a particular bond" according to McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh © Sutton Images
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McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is hoping to keep his driver pairing of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton for the next five years.

Button joined the team as world champion in 2010 amid speculation that he and Hamilton would fall out later in the year. However, the opposite turned out to be the case and the pair have built a genuine friendship that Whitmarsh is hoping will motivate the team for many years to come.

"We have two drivers that do really have a particular bond," he told the Guardian. "They like working together and are both enjoying it.

Whitmarsh said he is keen to keep 31-year-old Button for "another five years at least" and is hoping the current pairing will continue to deliver results. . "I can't think of two drivers who are better communicators than Jenson and Lewis. And we've got both of them."

Button is contracted until the end of 2012 with Hamilton's five-year deal coming to an this year.