McLaren chief drops hint over Jenson Button’s future

“It doesn’t mean that it changes my mind in any way, but it’s important for us to be as one when we decide what’s happening”. “That’s the joy of Formula One”.


But asked by AUTOSPORT if he could envisage racing in the WEC at some stage post-F1, Button said he had increasingly warmed to a series he had once ruled out.

Button, an eight-time Grand Prix victor for McLaren, endured a long wait at the end of last season before the team confirmed his race seat for 2015 – a tough year which has brought the Briton just six world championship points to date. In other news, the possibility of Button retiring has been accompanied by rumours that he may be the latest addition to the Top Gear United Kingdom crew.

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But even McLaren director Jonathan Neale admitted that delving into such advances with an unwilling participant would be an exercise in futility.

“I get the sense from the media there was a big anti-climax yesterday and there was a lot of discussion about where Jenson was at”, Neale said.

Notwithstanding point blank questions whether he was contemplating retirement or not, Button spoke like a man who’d already crossed the finish line with Honda with a large box left unticked.

Button’s future has become a hot topic in the Formula One paddock, with mounting speculation earlier in the week that he was planning an announcement at his favourite circuit. “Hopefully one day we’ll see the president of Honda stood on the podium again”.


Asked to interpret Button’s words, Sky F1 pundit Martin Brundle responded: “That tells me he wants to carry on if he can get the deal right and he is satisfied the auto will be more competitive”. Indeed, though the 15-time race victor has declared he will retire from F1 rather than switch to another team, he has repeatedly signalled his frustration at the ongoing struggles with the McLaren-Honda team.

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