Jenson Button is still waiting to finalise his McLaren contract for 2014 but doesn’t expect any problems with the deal.
The 2009 world champion told Sky his contract is “not an issue for either party”.
He added they were “just concentrating on racing and we’ll be racing together in 2014”.
Button joined McLaren in 2010 and extended his contract with the team the following year. But he recently revealed an extension on his services for 2014 had not yet been agreed.
Until this year Button was paired with Lewis Hamilton at the team, in one of the few all-champion driver line-ups the sport has seen.
Next year champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be paired at Ferrari – something Button things both drivers will benefit from:
“It’s an interesting one,” said Button. “I’ve been with Lewis before, we’re both world champions, and that was a pretty interesting atmosphere in the team.”
“I don’t think it was a bad thing – I think it was a good thing for both of us – and we’ll see if it’s a good thing for those two.”
Button has finished on the podium 25 times since joining McLaren and has won for the team eight times. But he hasn’t added to either tally so far this year with the uncompetitive MP4-28.
On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.
And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.
Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.
The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.
“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.
“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.
“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”
A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.