Saturday, 18 October 2014

Button considering other options

(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren Mercedes Jenson Button is considering a move to the World Endurance Championship should he lose his Formula One seat with the Woking based outfit for 2015 and fail to secure a competitive drive according to his manager Richard Goddard.

Button, who has been with McLaren since joining the team as reigning world in 2010 is out of contract at the end of the current season. According to the BBC, Button has held preliminary talks with Porsche for whom former Red Bull Racing F1 driver Mark Webber currently drives for.

Goddard has stated that at this point in time with three race's to go:

'McLaren aren't sure what they're doing and what their line-up will be, that is pretty obvious.'

With Sebastian Vettel rumored to be heading to Ferrari alongside Kimi Raikkonen for 2015, it is believed that Fernando Alonso is being touted by McLaren-Honda for a race seat next season however the team has confirmed that they will not back an announcement about their 2015 line-up until the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi which takes place from November 21-23.

It is believed that Button could conceivably get the jump on McLaren and do what Mark Webber did with Red Bull and announce that he is leaving Formula One at the end of the season if Porsche were to come along with a tempting offer.

Goddard however has stated that Button's main focus remains staying in Formula One. He has said though that the World Endurance Championship is 'a formidable series' and that they would listen to any offers. 

Button has outscored rookie team mate Kevin Magnussen comprehensively this season and is on course for a top ten championship finish in a car that has been far from competitive this season and McLaren currently find themselves in fifth place in the Constructors championship, 20 points ahead of the Sahara Force India F1 Team.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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