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Button still in “good talks” with McLaren about 2016

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Jenson Button remains engaged in “good talks” with McLaren about his future in Formula 1 despite being reported to be on the verge of announcing his retirement from the sport.

A report from The Daily Telegraph earlier this week claimed that Button was poised to announce that he would be leaving McLaren and F1 at the end of 2015 ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

When the Briton was placed in Thursday’s FIA press conference, it was predicted that an announcement may be made in the hours leading up to this before he faced the media.

However, when asked about his plans for 2016 and any updates on his future, Button remained coy, saying that a decision was still to be made.

“I can’t give you anything else,” Button said. “Since the last race there’s no more information to give you.

“You’re going to have to wait for a little while I’m sorry to say but we’re in good talks, the team and myself so, that’s it.

“There’s so many possibilities of what could happen next year. So many possibilities but I’ve got nothing else for you, I’m sorry to say.

“I’ll be happy next year. That’s the important thing.”

Button admitted that he did not get the same joy out of racing in F1 as he used to given McLaren’s recent struggles, which have restricted him to just six points from 13 races so far this season.

“I don’t think any driver has joy when they’re not fighting for victories,” Button said. “That’s what we’re here to do. That’s what we love. It’s the challenge of fighting at the front and the possibility of fighting at the front.

“So, no. I don’t like finishing 14th. I don’t like finishing tenth. That’s not what gives me joy, that’s not what excites me.

“But there are so many other things that, if they work in your favour, or if you see a future, there’s the possibility of joy coming back and that’s exciting. That’s a challenge.”

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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