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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.”

Coyne signs Ferrucci for final two IndyCar races of 2018

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Dale Coyne Racing will field a third entry at the Grand Prix of Portland and the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma for former Haas F1 test and reserve driver Santino Ferrucci, the team revealed earlier on Friday.

Ferrucci previously raced with Coyne at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, where he finished 22nd and 20th, and will drive alongside Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. The entry, the No. 39 Honda, will also feature sponsorship from Cly-Del, a Connecticut-based manufacturing company.

“I am extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar in Portland and Sonoma,” said Ferrucci, who had been racing in FIA Formula 2 this year until it came to an unceremonious end in July.

Ferrucci continued, “I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing. I truly enjoyed my time with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit earlier this season and I couldn’t be more excited to be back with them for a couple more races as I look to the future and enter the next chapter of my career.”

Team owner Dale Coyne highlighted the team’s experience with Ferrucci as a motivating factor in signing him up again for the final two races.

“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” said Coyne.

Coyne added, “We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season. We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an Indy Car. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”

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