Jenson Button insists that he intends to race on in 2015, but adds that it’s too early to be finalizing a deal with McLaren.
Inevitably there has been speculation about Button stepping aside, possibly to make way for protege Stoffel Vandoorne – although Fernando Alonso’s name continues to be linked to a return to the team.
“No more progress at all,” said Button when asked about his future. “But that’s just the way it is. We’re here, we’ve spent four good years together already. In our fifth year together. And we both want to work together in the future but it’s just not time yet. Not the right time. We have a lot of other issues to solve first before we start thinking about the future too much.
“We’re in a good place, and I think my experience does help me a lot. I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever and I have all that experience. I’m in a great position and I feel I’ve got a lot more to give in the future in Formula 1. I definitely can’t see an end to my career. This is my life and where I want to be in the future.
Meanwhile Button said things are improving at McLaren.
“I think from the outside it doesn’t look spectacular, our season this year, and you’d say it looks quite similar to last year but it’s very different. In terms of the feel of the car, it’s much better. In terms of the development of the car, it is working and we’re going in the right direction. Yeah, it’s tough.
“When you’ve been fighting for wins and the team is used to fighting for wins, it’s difficult when you find yourself in this situation. But also there are a lot of positives right now. With Ron [Dennis] back in charge, and Eric [Boullier], I think they’re doing a great job of really moving the team on and changing certain things so that we will be fighting at the front again. But it just takes time. Things don’t change overnight, even though we’re pushing very hard.”Canadian GP, Formula 1, Jenson Button, McLaren