Button hints at 2017 stay


Just a week ago it appeared that Jenson Button's F1 career may be coming to an end, but now the Brit has indicated he will look to stay on for 2017.

On Thursday, McLaren confirmed that Button would remain with the Woking-based team for the 2016 campaign, and speaking after the announcement, Button hinted that it is the new regulations which will come into play in 2017 that are a big motivating factor behind his decision to stay on.

While the FIA have not announced what changes will be made, they are believed to be aimed at making F1 cars "faster and more aggressive looking", and this is an thrilling prospect for Button.

"For me, the exciting year is 2017," Button told Auto Express.

"There's going to be so much more mechanical grip – from what I've seen it could be four or five seconds quicker a lap through mechanical grip and aerodynamics.

"That for me is exciting, that takes me back to 10 years ago. Also, I've just heard that next year they're going to be making the cars sound a bit better!

"F1 isn't in a bad place at the moment and it's going to get better. Next year will be better and in 2017 F1 is going to be mega – I think there's a lot of excitement out there."

McLaren-Honda have endured a disastrous 2015 campaign which has seen them well off the pace, and rarely competing for points. However, Button feels that the team are starting to make positive strides.

"I've spent a lot of time talking with the team and there's very good direction there, so I have a good feeling for the future," he said.