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Button showing few signs of retiring from F1

Aug 10, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

AP

Jenson Button’s intentions for 2015 may not yet be clear, but the Briton has no plans to retire from Formula 1 for the time being despite many believing he could turn his back on the sport at the end of the season.

The 2009 word champion has led McLaren’s charge ever since Lewis Hamilton left at the end of 2012, but as part of the ongoing rebuilding process going on at Woking, the team is thought to be targeting a top name driver. Fernando Alonso has been linked with a move back to McLaren, and Sebastian Vettel is also thought to have been subject to an offer.

Button’s current contract expires at the end of this season, and although he is yet to speak to McLaren about a new deal, he confirmed to Autosport that he has no plans to walk away from the sport.

“Right now, my interest is to race in F1,” Button said. “You have a tough day and it hurts like hell because you want to be competitive and fighting, but then you have a reasonable qualifying and you are back on track.

“You want to race forever. In F1 the emotions are all over the place, its highs, its lows. I have lived my life like that for a long time and I want to continue my life like that.”

Button’s motivation and passion for racing has been questioned following the death of his father, John, during the off-season, but the Briton has thanked his fans for their support during this difficult time.

His results in Australia and Great Britain prove that he still has the pace to compete, and with Honda power set to take McLaren back to the front of the grid in 2015, Button could yet add to his current tally of 15 victories in Formula 1.

  1. worknman24hours - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    McLaren will not likely be signing Button back for next year unless he wants to take less money and be a development driver.

    McLaren has a new motor manufacturer and will want a new set of fresh hungry drivers to showcase that.

    Ala Ricciardo or Bottas or such.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    As Massa has proven, veteran drivers like Button bring a wealth of experience to a team be it with a new car or a new engine. Button has delivered a good performance from a poor car this year so McLaren would be foolish to let him go. I don’t think they are dumb enough to try and pinch pennies when Button’s expertise is so valuable to them.

    • worknman24hours - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Honda may well force the issue.

      They may have another driver in mind to start their new decade in Formula One.

      Button wants in he may have to step in the background and wait for less money then this year.

  3. photog645 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    If McLaren were to get over their apparent ineptitude and actually put a competitive car under Button – like Ross Brawn – he is perfectly capable of winning another World Driving Championship. I really do not think that Alonso is the answer – been there, done that. And I do not think that Vettel is a better driver than Button despite his four WDC’s. The Red Bull had a definite performance advantage throughout those times. Button’s race pace is there with anyone on the grid. He just needs something besides that woeful piece of junk that McLaren has given him to drive the last couple of years!

    • worknman24hours - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      McLaren’s biggest issue was that Ron Dennis was’nt looking in everyday and making sure his people in management got things got done.

      That’s over now so everyone better get with the program.

      The losings not going to be tolerated any more.

      If Button can take the rest of the year and drive like he has the last two races,he will be at Mclaren next year.

      If he screws up ,wrecks out or causes the car to break ( by driving it over things off track) and gets out complaining like a prima donna who McLaren and Ron Dennis should be happy to have,someone else will be in Button’s car next year.

      Jensen can still make the present McLaren look amazing and he has.

      I hope he simply refuses to back down for the rest of the year and drives the hell out of that race car.

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