2009 World Champion Jenson Button has rubbished claims he is losing motivation and interest in Formula One after another bad start to the season by McLaren.
The Englishman made his comments after finishing 11th in Barcelona, the third race in a row where the British team have failed to score points.
“This sort of season does not make you want to retire.” said Button in an interview with Autosport.
“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.
“But no, I don’t feel I want to retire at the end of this year. I am happy about my future, and think it is quite exciting.”
McLaren are switching to Honda engines in 2015, leading many to speculate Button’s previous experience of working with the Japanese manufacturer will guarantee him a seat at Woking next season – which will be his 16th in Formula One after a career that started with Williams in 2000.
Button also said in a BBC interview he felt the inexperience of Kevin Magnussen was delaying progress in overcoming the problems inherent in this year’s MP4/29, but that he retained respect for the young Dane who started the season strongly by finishing 2nd in Australia.
“Kevin is inexperienced, and although he is learning quickly, there is a still tenth or two there from him not having as much information or experience as we should have.”
McLaren are targeting the British and German Grand Prix’ in June as races where they hope to make large steps forward with bigger update packages.