Date: 14th May 2014 at 7:42am
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Jenson Button has no plans to retire from Formula One at the end of the season, however he was non committal over his McLaren future.

The 34-year-old is currently the most experienced driver in Formula One, with 252 Grand Prix starts, 15 victories, 50 podiums and the 2009 Formula One world title.

However his current contract with McLaren expires at the end-of-the-season.

The sad death of his father John in January had prompted speculation in some quarters that he would consider his future at the end of the 2014 season, but Button has no desire to retire just yet.

‘I definitely want to be in F1. This sort of season does not make you want to retire, 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. Button told Sky Sports.

The one thing Button does know is that he wants to be back in a competitive car, winning races.

Button has had his fair share of seasons where he has struggled with an uncompetitive car. He had six years with BAR who later became Honda before the Japanese manufacturer pulled out of Formula One.

He then went from wondering if he had a race seat for 2009 to becoming Formula One World Champion.

Button then made the move to McLaren for 2010, a move that looked a solid one, however in recent years the team have struggled.

Button appears to want reassurances that McLaren will be the place to be before signing a new deal.

‘It is a difficult decision for a driver in my position, with so much experience and so much to give. I’m at the point in my career where I’ve only a few years left where I will be in F1, and I want to be in a position where I can win races or be close to winning races.

‘I would like to think I’ll be here and the team will be competitive towards the end of this season, which will then give me good reason to want to be here.’

 

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