Jense loving life at ‘passionate’ McLaren

Date published: April 4 2012

Jenson Button admits he is enjoying life at McLaren, saying he is not thinking about quitting and will stay at the Woking squad for the “next few years”…

Jenson Button admits he is enjoying life at McLaren, saying he is not thinking about quitting and will stay at the Woking squad for the “next few years”.

With a Formula One World Championship already in the bag following his success at Brawn GP in 2009, the 32-year-old could be forgiven for thinking about retirement.

The thought of calling it a day has not crossed his mind though – and who can blame him as everything is falling into place at McLaren.

“Driving a good car always helps,” Button, who won the season opening race in Australia, is quoted as saying by PA Sport.

“And when you’re able to fight for victories it makes a massive difference, in particular after you’ve been racing for 12 to 13 years in the sport. Because I’m racing for McLaren, it’s a team that has achieved so much in its career in Formula One.

“Even if we have an uncompetitive car, you still believe in the future you will get a competitive car. You don’t immediately think ‘well, I’ve had some great times, it is time to leave’.

“You still feel strongly about building up the team and fighting for a World Championship again. If we get a bad car over the next couple of years it’s not going to make me think ‘it’s time to give up now’.

“I’ll still have fight in me and I’ll want to get back to winning ways. But right now, I can’t see a time when I might stop.”

Button, who signed a new long-term contract with the Woking squad last year, says he is in for the long haul at a “passionate” McLaren team.

“I do feel very good here,” he said.

“We’ve a great atmosphere, everyone thinks it’s a very cold, very grey team. I was expecting that a little bit when I arrived, but at that point I knew they normally build good cars and their history is very exciting.

“But there is a great passion here. People talk about Ferrari and them being very passionate, and they are. But I don’t think most people realise how passionate this team is, and how much they want to achieve.

“So I’m very happy here, and you never know what’s going to happen in the future. I’m not going to sign my life away, but I’ll stay here for the next few years, definitely. I’m going to be here.”