Saturday, 26 July 2014

Button not concerned by his F1 future

Jenson Button.
(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren's Jenson Button has stated that he is not worried about his Formula One future amid reports linking Sebastian Vettel and former McLaren driver Fernando Alonso to Button's seat at the Woking based outfit. McLaren have struggled so far this season and are currently in 6th place in the championship two points behind Sahara Force India.

Button has scored one podium so far this far this season with a third place finish at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. He had a great race in Silverstone starting the race from third on the grid and finishing the event in fourth place. Speaking about the speculation and the team to the official F1 website Button said:

'You have to have confidence in your ability, so in terms of working with the team this year and developing the car and finding a direction, I am very happy with what I've done. I had some fun at some of the races - like in Melbourne, coming through - or in Silverstone: that too was a race I very much enjoyed. And that is important for me.'

The 2009 world champion has been with the Woking based outfit since 2010 and has expressed his desire to remain with the team beyond this season. His current contract runs until the end of this season. Speaking about the rumor linking Vettel to McLaren Button said:

'For me I don't understand why Sebastian should want to leave Red Bull - and Fernando has a long-term contract with Ferrari so I don't see that. But true, that's good rumour!'

Vettel has also been linked with a move to Mercedes AMG according to Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko. Button has recently teamed up with a new race engineer after his long term race engineer Dave Robson was promoted with Tom Stallard becoming Button's new engineer.

Button heads into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix in 8th place in the Driver's championship on 59 points just ahead of team mate Kevin Magnussen in 9th.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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