Button: My future will be decided in September


With his future dominating headlines this season, Jenson Button has revealed that he will only be having a discussion with McLaren in September regarding 2017.

McLaren, who are powered by Honda, are expecting a huge jump in performance next year, whether or not the Brit will be part of those plans remains to be seen, as reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will most likely be his replacement.

The 2009 World Champion has been rather confused as to where all these rumours and speculation have been coming from.

“It’s all guesswork because nobody has a clue what is going on,” he told Sky Sports.

“Not until I’ve made my mind up on what l do for next year. The team have already said we’re not going to discuss anything until September, so I don’t know why there’s such speculation.

“We’ll see then. For now, just trying to enjoy the racing. Hungary will hopefully be better and we can fight for some points.”

The 36-year-old also added that he still has the desire to up there competing with the top-end of the grid.

“I want to be fighting for podiums,” he said.

“I’ve put a lot of hard work in here over the last few years with the new [Honda] partnership. It’s been a really exciting project to be fair, having an input and knowing that you’re making a difference on the aerodynamic side, but also on the engine side.

“But we need to take a good step for next year to be competitive – and if I’m going to be racing in F1 next year that’s what I want and what I need.”