Button not thinking about the future

Wednesday 22-May-2013 15:39

McLaren might be hoping that Jenson Button sees out his career at the team, but the man himself insists he's not thinking too far ahead.

Button has been with the Woking squad since the start of the 2010 season and he signed a new multi-year contract with the team in October 2011.

The team, though, are determined to hang onto his services for as long as possible and managing director Jonathan Neale revealed recently that Button has a job at McLaren for life.

"Jenson will drive here as long as he wants to. He's a great guy and doing a really good job in difficult times at the moment," Neale said.

"He fits our values and our culture really well. He's here with the workforce this morning and it's more a question of hoping he will still be here in 2015. He is excited by the prospect of Honda as well."

When questioned about having a long-term future at McLaren during the FIA press conference, Button replied: "I don't want to think about the future too much at the moment.

"You have to live the moment and I don't think trying to agree a lengthy deal for the future is something that is interesting for me.

"I have had 13 years in the sport and I want to have freedom and that feeling of 'if it doesn't feel right any more, stop'.

"For me that freedom is important in the future."

Even if Button is not around, the 2015 season will be a big one for McLaren as they will once again start using Honda engines.

"I think for us as a team it is good for the future but for the sport as a whole it is fantastic," he said.

"Having another engine manufacturer in the sport is good.

"We have three very strong engine manufacturers and with the new regulations it will bring new manufacturers, Honda being the first."

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