Button thankful for support amid uncertain F1 future

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Jenson Button has taken to Twitter to thank his fans for their support and messages as uncertainty about his future lingers.

The British driver recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Formula 1 world championship victory, but could yet be forced out of the sport at the end of the season as McLaren considers re-signing Fernando Alonso for 2015.

Should Alonso return to Woking, Button would be most likely to leave given that his teammate, Kevin Magnussen, only made his debut at the beginning of the year and has been nurtured by McLaren for many years.

Earlier this week, Button’s manager confirmed that a move to the FIA World Endurance Championship would be likely if the Briton did indeed leave Formula 1 after 15 seasons, and preliminary talks with Porsche have reportedly already been held.

Throughout 2014, Button has dodged talk about his future by saying that there was nothing to tell, but since Sebastian Vettel’s decision to leave Red Bull has started the domino effect for the 2015 driver market, his place has come under increasing scrutiny.

On Saturday, Button took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support amid the uncertainty.

Despite his future being at threat, Button’s on-track form has been excellent, scoring points in seven of the last eight races. Last time out in Russia, he finished in an excellent fourth place to take McLaren back above Force India in the constructors’ championship, proving his worth.

Button will be hoping to continue his good form at the United States Grand Prix, which takes place at the end of the month.

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.