Button: No reason to leave McLaren

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Jenson Button has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from McLaren, stating that he is perfectly happy with the British team.

Button, who won the world championship in 2009, was rumored to be unhappy with the team’s performance this season and subsequently looking into a move away from Woking. However, the Briton has rubber-stamped his faith in McLaren to bounce back soon.

“If this was a team that was consistently finishing fourth or fifth in championship then of course I would look elsewhere,” Button told Autosport. “In that case, I would look to one of the frontrunning teams to step up to, somewhere that could give me a race-winning car.

“But this isn’t a team that is finishing four or fifth in the constructors. This is a bad year and in years to come this team will be fighting for world championships. I am not looking around like some people might think.”

Following Mark Webber’s confirmation that he would be retiring at the end of the season, some areas of the British media suggested that a move to Red Bull may be on the cards for Button. Christian Horner has stated that the defending world champions are only considering Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Kimi Raikkonen for the seat, ending any chances of Button moving to Red Bull.

However, such a move may be unwise for Button given Sebastian Vettel’s influence at Milton Keynes, coupled with Button’s own success at McLaren. Since joining in 2010, he has shown great maturity and talent as a driver, finishing second in the 2011 drivers’ championship.

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

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Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018