Button and McLaren set to confirm deal for 2014

Jenson Button with Martin Whitmarsh

Jenson Button with Martin Whitmarsh

As the Formula 1 grid for 2014 shapes up towards the end of a frantic ‘silly-season’, McLaren is yet to confirm its driver lineup for next year.

Boss Martin Whitmarsh has indicated that Jenson Button and Sergio Perez will be staying put, but at the same time rumours have linked drivers including Ferrari refugee Felipe Massa with the Woking based team.

A McLaren spokesman told us this week: “We don’t comment on media speculation with regard to rumoured driver movements.”

Lead driver and 2009 world champion Button has not played a leading role in the 2014 silly-season, but rumours tentatively connected him with both Red Bull and Ferrari prior to those teams announcing their actual lineups for next year.

Until very recently, it was reported McLaren was yet to take up the option on the 33-year-old’s contract.

Asked about his contractual situation on Wednesday, Button told the British broadcaster Sky: “It’s not an issue for either party. So [we’re] just concentrating on racing and we’ll be racing together in 2014.” (GMM)

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