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Button rules out move from McLaren to rival F1 team

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Jenson Button has ruled out moving to another team in Formula 1 for 2016 should he part company with McLaren at the end of the season.

Button, 35, has endured a difficult year with McLaren following the team’s switch to Honda power units, limiting him to just six points from the opening 12 rounds of the season.

McLaren is known to have an option on Button’s services for 2016, and could opt to replace him with either of its outstanding junior talents, Kevin Magnussen or Stoffel Vandoorne.

Speaking to reporters in Singapore ahead of this weekend’s race, Button said that if he is racing in F1 next year, it will only be with McLaren and not with another team.

“If I am in F1, it will be with this team,” Button said. “I have had some tough times with this team, but I have a lot of respect for the whole team and Honda.

“This is the team for the future and I don’t think there is any point at looking at a smaller, younger start-up programme. To be fair to this team, it is very young still in terms of our relationship with Honda and powerplant itself. This will improve a lot over the years.”

Button hinted that his future is largely in his hands, saying that the situation differs from that of 2015 when McLaren waited until December before confirming that he would be retained.

“I think it’s massively different to last year,” Button said. “I think everyone’s learned from last year being a bit of a mess.

“I’m very happy with what I’ve done this year and I think the team are as well. It’s not what you might think. Hopefully the fans understand, whatever happens.”

Button has enjoyed a successful career in F1, with the highlight being his drivers’ championship victory with Brawn GP back in 2009.

However, he may decide that another year of struggle with McLaren and Honda is not worthwhile and opt to retire, with a move into the FIA World Endurance Championship being a possible next step.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold