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Button rules out sportscar future

Thursday 02-January-2014 05:36

Jenson Button has ruled out a future in sportscar racing as it has "never really ticked the boxes" for him.

At age 33, Button is the second oldest driver on this year's grid. The Brit, though, is determined to continue in Formula One beyong his current deal which expires at the end of this season.

However, when the time does come for Button to retire, he won't be following Mark Webber into sportscar racing.

"Le Mans never really ticked the boxes for me," he told Autosport.

"You are racing with cars that are so much slower, in different categories, and dodging cars throughout the whole race is not something that I have ever got that excited about.

"Maybe I will when I drive one of them and drive at Le Mans, because I'd love to drive around the Le Mans circuit in a sportscar, but it's just having different categories racing together that I am not keen on.

"But each to their own as obviously a lot of people do love it."

The McLaren driver, though, says he is likely to remain in some sort of competitive sport.

"I want to compete. When I do leave the sport in the future I will have another target, which a lot of people don't have.

"I think that's the biggest issue for a lot of people that do decide to leave the sport; after a year, they miss it massively.

"You have got to make sure that everything is right and while you still love the sport, you should never think about leaving it.

"I don't see the end of my career. Even in this position [struggling with McLaren in 2013], I enjoy racing."

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