Jenson Button said to be heading towards Top Gear role

2011 Canadian Grand Prix - SundayCircuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada12th June 2011Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-26 Mercedes.World Copyright:Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Photographicref: Digital Image GU5G7063
Jenson Button is ready to commit to Top Gear say sources, after the F1 World Champion proved a hit on the BBC2 motoring show.

Button, who won the F1 world championship in 2009, has topped a so-called 'wish list' of potential hosts for the programme.

Chris Evans currently hosts Top Gear, which has been suffering with lower-than expected viewing figures. He is currently in a three-year deal for the show, while his fellow presenters are on a one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months.

A source told the Mirror: "Jenson gets on brilliantly with Chris, and is of course a fantastic driver who can give viewers the benefit of his vast experience at the highest level.

"He is a global superstar; witty, articulate and popular with all ages and sexes.

"Jenson was first choice when the current line-up was being drawn up as he was expected to retire from Formula One but McLaren offered him a new deal and he decided to take it.

"He has had a miserable time with an uncompetitive car this year and paddock gossip claim his place in the team might be under threat next year."

However, despite these claims the BBC remained tight-lipped over Button's involvement in the show, telling the Mirror: "No chance".

Evans has recently adapted his presenting style, after coming under fire for his overly 'shouty' delivery. The longer celebrity-based sections of the show have also been cut down, replaced by more in-depth car footage.
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