Button showing few signs of retiring from F1

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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.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.