Apr.4 (GMM) Jenson Button has revealed that he will “definitely” remain loyal to McLaren for the next few years, after it was reported this week that the 2009 world champion received an offer from Ferrari last year to replace the struggling Felipe Massa.
According to the Brazilian news agency Agencia Estado, those talks took place prior to October last year, when the 32-year-old Briton signed a new ‘multi year contract’ to stay at McLaren.
“I had a listen to what some of the other teams could offer me,” Button confirmed.
He also appeared to leave the door open to a Ferrari move in the future, admitting it would be “exciting” to be paired with Spaniard Fernando Alonso.
But Button has now insisted that he is perfectly happy at McLaren, despite the common paddock perception that the British team lacks the sort of “passion” seen at Ferrari.
“We have a great atmosphere, everyone thinks it’s a very cold, very grey team,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“People talk about Ferrari and them being very passionate, and they are. But I don’t think most people realise how passionate this team is, and how much they want to achieve.
“So I’m very happy here, and you never know what’s going to happen in the future,” said Button.
“I’m not going to sign my life away, but I’ll stay here for the next few years, definitely.”
Button also lived up to his promise to “hurt” himself after a poor result in Malaysia recently, finishing sixth overall in the Waikoloa Lavaman triathlon in Hawaii.
“Yeah, I did (hurt myself),” he smiled immediately after the event. “My glutes are killing me. “They say that means you are riding the bike correctly, but it hurts.”
Button won the 2012 season opening grand prix in Australia and lies third in the standings going into round three of the F1 world championship in China.