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Button ‘not interested’ in long-term McLaren deal

Jenson Button has revealed he is ‘not interested’ in a long-term deal with current employer McLaren despite Managing Director Jonathan Neale saying the 2009 World Champion has ‘a job for life’ within the Woking-based outfit.

Button: not thinking about the future.

Button: not thinking about the future.

Button, who is Formula One’s most experienced active driver, insists he wants to keep his options open once his current deal expires at the end of the 2015 season.

“I don’t want to think about the future too much right now.” said Button.

“I don’t think trying to agree a lengthy deal for the future is something that’s currently interesting for me. I’ve [had] 13 years in the sport. I want to have freedom and that feeling that if it doesn’t feel right any more I can stop. I don’t feel that yet, however. It feels like it’s going to be a long way down the road.”

Button began his F1 career with Williams in 2000, winning his seat in a shoot-out drive against Brazilian hopeful Bruno Junqueira. He went on to drive for Benetton, Renault, BAR and Honda before winning the World Championship with Brawn GP in 2009. In 2010, he moved to partner compatriot Lewis Hamilton at McLaren and has won 8 races for the team thus far.


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