Jonathan Neale has revealed McLaren-Honda is working hard to try and convince Jenson Button to stay with the team beyond the 2015 Formula 1 season rather than retire from the sport.
Button, the 2009 world champion, was reportedly set to bring the curtain down on his glittering grand prix at the end of the season with an announcement expected as early as this weekend.
However, in an intriguing disclosure to Sky Sports F1, Button revealed that talks are still ongoing with McLaren and a “mutual decision” would be taken on his future.
In the meantime, as McLaren wait on Button to reveal his plans – a reversal of last year’s scenario when the team didn’t confirm him until December -, potential replacements Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne are waiting in the wings.
Button is the Britain’s longest-serving F1 racer, who has achieved 15 wins in 278 races.
But then he added: “If your driver doesn’t want to be in the seat, you have to respect that”.
Reports suggest that Button will announce his retirement at the Japanese GP.
“But we’re in good talks, the team and myself, so that’s it. We are here to concentrate on this weekend”.
Button has completed in the things within only pair of the 13 track as easy gifts and already retired from Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix utilizing a gearbox dilemma.
On Thursday he added: “I don’t think any driver has joy when you are not fighting for victories”.
“I don’t like finishing 14th, I don’t like finishing 10th. That is not what excites me”.
“It’s not the same situation as a year ago”, he said.
“Button finished 12th fastest in a rain-soaked second practice session at Suzuka on Friday, with McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso further behind with the 17th quickest time”.
Hamilton said: “For me, everyone is a threat and they have been since Malaysia”.
“I got my first podium that year”.
Rosberg, who is now only eight points ahead of Vettel, said: “He is a threat and we are keeping an eye on him and Ferrari in general, because they have been very strong at times this year”. McLaren-Honda in front of Honda’s home crowd at their circuit.