While Mark Webber was able to see out his final season in Formula One a year ago knowing almost the entire year that it was going to be his last season, Jenson Button may be standing at the gate of his final Grand Prix not knowing whether this is the end or not.
Button’s situation is a bit like Rubens Barrichello’s ultimately final season in 2011 with Williams, where his former teammate at Honda was unsure whether he’d be able to continue into 2012 before it was ultimately decided to retain Pastor Maldonado and bring in Barrichello’s countryman, Bruno Senna, that season.
For Button, he’s at the point where once McLaren confirms Fernando Alonso, as the team is anticipated to do in due course, it’s either he or Kevin Magnussen on the chopping block at the end of the year. Button’s recent form has suggested he’s still got it in spades.
Although Porsche has publicly denied a prior report it and Button’s management had been in contact, and has already confirmed its six works drivers next season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, there’s still a possibility Button could be moving that way to join Webber in the series, if not on the same team.
A cheeky tweet from Webber that came out overnight only serves to stoke the fire, not reduce it:
While Porsche has confirmed its WEC lineup for 2015, the three other manufacturers in LMP1, Audi, Toyota and Nissan, are yet to do so.