Button: I can’t imagine life without Formula 1

Jenson Button keen to stay in Formula 1 beyond 2014

Jenson Button keen to stay in Formula 1 beyond 2014

McLaren are in no rush to announce their 2015 driver line-up as they prepare a long term strategy to coincide with their second Honda era in Formula 1, which has led to Jenson Button admitting that 2014 may well be his final year at the pinnacle of the sport.

Button is out of contract at the end of this season, and has made it known that he is keen to remain at McLaren, while accepting that at 34 his time might be up after 14 years in F1.

He told BBC, “We haven’t sat down and talked about [a new contract]. If I have to retire at the end of the season then so be it, but I feel I have so much more to give and I can’t imagine life without motorsport and especially Formula 1.”

Meanwhile the team’s sporting director Eric Boullier told media recently, “We are working on the strategy for the driver line-up for the next years. For me it’s important to say years because we are looking for three years and maybe five years.”

“It’s true that with Ron [Dennis] being back and me being new in to the team we have asked for a little bit more time than necessary, but we can afford this time, even if it is uncomfortable for the drivers, which I understand,” explained the Frenchman who joined McLaren from Lotus earlier this year, replacing the Woking team’s former team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

The McLaren MP4-29 has done Jenson Button no favours

The McLaren MP4-29 has done Jenson Button no favours

It has not been a great season for McLaren, despite the MP4-29 being powered by the sport’s dominant Mercedes engine it has not been among the pace setters and the car has been a handful for both drivers, veteran Button and rookie Kevin Magnussen.

Boullier acknowledges, “They have performed better than we could have expected. First of all we didn’t give them a good enough car, and of course the worse the car is, the more difficult it is to drive. We are now trying to bring performance as fast as we can.”

Since 1995 McLaren have been powered by Mercedes and during the period won one constructors’ world championship title and three drivers’ titles – two with Mika Hakkinen and one with Lewis Hamilton.

For 2015 they will be reunited with Honda power and will look to return to the glory years as during the first chapter of the partnership, a quarter of a century ago, they won four drivers’ with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost and four constructors’ titles from 1988 to 1992. (GP247)