Button not yet ready to discuss a new McLaren deal

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Jenson Button may be one of the oldest drivers on the grid, but he has no plans to retire just yet and is keen on staying at McLaren despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The 2009 world champion joined McLaren at the beginning of 2010, and has enjoyed some success with the British team, finishing as the runner-up in the 2011 championship behind Sebastian Vettel.

He is confident of remaining with the team in 2015 – the first year of its Honda partnership – but believes that it is not yet time to discuss a new contract.

“We’re here, we’ve spent four good years together already,” Button explained in Canada. “We both want to work together in the future but it’s just not time yet [to talk about a contract]. Not the right time.

“We have a lot of other issues to solve first before we start thinking about the future too much. We’re in a good place and y’know, I think my experience does help me a lot.”

Button turned 34 in January, and is one of the oldest drivers on the grid. However, he still feels that he can still fight at the very front in the next few years despite the new generation of racers coming through the ranks.

“I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever and I have all that experience,” he said. “I’m in a great position and I feel I’ve got a lot more to give in the future in Formula 1. I definitely can’t see an end to my career. This is my life and where I want to be in the future.”

With speculation linking Fernando Alonso to McLaren refusing to go away, the Briton’s future will undoubtedly come under scrutiny at a number of times this season. However, his relationship with the team shows no signs of souring, and still looks set to lead it into a new era with Honda engines in 2015.

Williams confirms Kubica and Sirotkin for Abu Dhabi F1 test

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Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica will enjoy his third Formula 1 test outing with the team at the end-of-season running in Abu Dhabi next week as rumors grow regarding a possible race seat for 2018.

Almost seven years after his last F1 start, Kubica’s remarkable return from severe injuries sustained in a rally accident saw him enjoy two private tests with Renault before completing running with the team in a 2017-spec car in Hungary over the summer.

Reservations over Kubica’s capabilities prompted Renault to pass on giving him a seat, instead opting to hire Carlos Sainz Jr. for next year, only for Williams to become an alternative for the Pole.

Kubica tested a 2014-spec Williams at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring in recent months, and will now sample a 2017 car when he tests at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kubica will share track time with regular Williams racer Lance Stroll and Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin, who has worked with Renault over the past two years but also missed out on a 2018 seat.

“Williams Martini Racing is pleased to confirm it will run Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin for the Abu Dhabi Pirelli tire test, alongside current race driver Lance Stroll,” a statement from the team reads.

“The Pirelli tire test will take place over two days at the Yas Marina circuit during the week following the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“On day one Robert Kubica will drive the FW40 in the morning session, before Lance Stroll takes over in the afternoon.

“On day two Sergey Sirotkin will drive in the morning and afternoon sessions before handing over to Robert in the late afternoon.

“The test is aimed at evaluating 2018 candidate tires on behalf of the Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli.

“Williams is excited to have this opportunity to assess the new tyres across such an interesting range of drivers: Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018, Robert with his huge experience, and Sergey as a very promising young talent in Formula 1.”

Williams denied earlier this week it has signed Kubica to partner Stroll for 2018, but indications are the deal looks very likely to go ahead, subject to the relevant paperwork and contracts being finalized.