Button: I don’t want to retire at the end of this year

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Jenson Button endured a frustrating 2013  seasonwith McLaren, and 2014 is no better. The season has in fact has started off even worse than last year – as the Woking outfit have failed to score points in the last three races and languish sixth in the championship standings.Despite this the Briton has no intentions of quitting.

Speaking to Sky after a below par weekend in Spain, Button said of his plans beyond this season, “I definitely want to be in Formula 1. This sort of season does not make you want to retire.”

“If you do retire, you want to retire on a high and if you have the possibility to do that, then you continue racing to get that high. The problem then is when you do that you don’t want to stop racing either, so you could be racing for many years,” explained the 2009 F1 world champion.

Jenson Button on track.

“I am happy about my future, and think it is quite exciting. The biggest problem is that I need to be in a car that is competitive, that gives you confidence as a driver as well. I hope that’s here,” said Button who has tasted victory on 15 occasions during his Formula 1 career which began in 2000.

When to quit is always a tough call for drivers who have been at the pinnacle of motorsport for such a long time, Button acknowledges, “It is a difficult decision for a driver in my position, with so much experience and so much to give. I’m at the point in my career where I’ve only a few years left where I will be in F1, and I want to be in a position where I can win races or be close to winning races.”

McLaren enter a brand new era as they re-unite with Honda starting in 2015, and Button wants to be part of the plan, “I would like to think that I’ll be here and the team will be competitive towards the end of this season, which will then give me good reason to want to be here.” (GP247)

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