Button confirms delay with McLaren deal is over 2015

Jenson Button with Martin Whitmarsh

Jenson Button with Martin Whitmarsh

Jenson Button has confirmed that the sticking point in his negotiations with McLaren is over the 2015 season.

It has been reported the 2009 World Champion is happy to commit to the British team for next year, but wants to leave the door open for 2015.

“For next year it’s all good, it’s a formality,” Button is quoted by the news agency AFP.

McLaren, however, would prefer driver certainty for the start of the Honda era, even though managing director Jonathan Neale played that down when talking to reporters this week.

“We’ve shown in the past that we weren’t afraid to make the changes that we felt that we needed to in the team, whether it was inside the organisation or in the driver lineup, in order to get the job done,” he told a Vodafone teleconference.

Button hinted at an ExxonMobil promotional event ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix that 2015 is the sticking point.

“Nothing’s sorted yet for the year after,” he said, referring to the 2015 season. “2014 is an option year on the previous contract and then we see.” (GMM)

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