Sunday, 18 May 2014

Button not ready to retire

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Jenson Button has aid that he has no plans to retire from Formula One in the near future amid speculation that the Englishman was considering call time on his career. In January Button announced that his father John, who was a regular presence in the Formula One paddock had passed away at the age of 70 following a heart attack.

Button stated that for a brief time following his fathers death he did consider quitting Formula One. The 2009 world champion endured a difficult season in 2013 which resulted in no podium finishes. At the opening Grand Prix in Australia where he finished the race in third place behind team mate Kevin Magnussen. Since then however, Button and McLaren have lagged behind their rivals and in Spain last weekend the Woking based outfit were overtaken in the Constructors championship by the Williams Martini Racing Team.

Button joined McLaren in 2010 after winning the Drivers championship with Brawn Grand Prix the previous year, since then however despite a number of victories and podiums since joining McLaren Button has failed to win a second world championship.

Button's current contract with McLaren runs out this season and with the Woking based team switching to Honda power units next season it is likely that Button (who is the last driver to have competed in Formula One with a Honda engine) will want to race with a McLaren Honda car next season.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Button who has been in Formula One since the year 2000 said that he has no plans to retire from Formula One. He said:

'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.'
©Ben Johnston 2014

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