Button to commit his future to McLaren

Tuesday 27-August-2013 10:59

Jenson Button is ready to commit is future to McLaren, saying he will see out his Formula One career with the team.

The 33-year-old caused a bit of a stir ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix when he revealed that the Woking squad are to exercise their option to extend his contract for the 2014 season.

It immediately led to speculation that he could be in the frame to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull or even Felipe Massa at Ferrari. However, Button has since admitted that he was "only winding him [team principal Martin Whitmarsh] up".

It now appears that McLaren are ready to tie him down with a long-term deal with The Times reporting that the team will announce next week that "his £12 million-a-year contract has been renewed".

It added: "The deal is likely to be for three years, taking Button up to his thirty-sixth birthday and close to a decision on retirement."

Button, meanwhile, told the paper that he wants to finish his career with McLaren.

"It is always nice to be wanted but I don't need it from other teams," Button told The Times. "I have it here at McLaren and I am very happy. I am definitely not going to Red Bull.

"It is not going our way at the moment but it will and I am very happy. I feel good here and I feel we can achieve so much together. I think I will be here for the rest of my future in Formula One."

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