Jenson Button’s intentions for 2015 may not yet be clear, but the Briton has no plans to retire from Formula 1 for the time being despite many believing he could turn his back on the sport at the end of the season.
The 2009 word champion has led McLaren’s charge ever since Lewis Hamilton left at the end of 2012, but as part of the ongoing rebuilding process going on at Woking, the team is thought to be targeting a top name driver. Fernando Alonso has been linked with a move back to McLaren, and Sebastian Vettel is also thought to have been subject to an offer.
Button’s current contract expires at the end of this season, and although he is yet to speak to McLaren about a new deal, he confirmed to Autosport that he has no plans to walk away from the sport.
“Right now, my interest is to race in F1,” Button said. “You have a tough day and it hurts like hell because you want to be competitive and fighting, but then you have a reasonable qualifying and you are back on track.
“You want to race forever. In F1 the emotions are all over the place, its highs, its lows. I have lived my life like that for a long time and I want to continue my life like that.”
Button’s motivation and passion for racing has been questioned following the death of his father, John, during the off-season, but the Briton has thanked his fans for their support during this difficult time.
His results in Australia and Great Britain prove that he still has the pace to compete, and with Honda power set to take McLaren back to the front of the grid in 2015, Button could yet add to his current tally of 15 victories in Formula 1.