Question mark hangs over Button's future

Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:59am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Jenson Button's Formula One future is looking increasingly uncertain after McLaren boss Ron Dennis said on Thursday he was keeping an eye on other leading drivers who might become available.

Button, the 2009 world champion with Brawn, has been at McLaren since 2010 and is in the final year of his current contract.

The 34-year-old Briton, winner of 15 grands prix, is the most experienced driver in Formula One, having made his debut in 2000, and is currently eighth in the championship with 68 points.

Danish rookie team mate Kevin Magnussen has scored only 37 but has out qualified Button repeatedly and, at 21, is seen as a face of the future.

Dennis told the official website that he was satisfied with the current line-up, and both were capable of winning in a competitive car - which McLaren have been unable to provide this year.

Despite that, he said they needed to "be responsible enough to appreciate that McLaren will always make efforts to hire the best drivers available.

"Jenson and Kevin represent an excellent blend of capable experience and youthful promise, and we’re very happy with both of them," he added.

"The fact that we’re keeping an eye on what a few other drivers are up to in no way contradicts that, because, as I say, if opportunities arise, we’ll appraise them - we always have and we always will."   Continued...

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain arrives at the C circuit, near Budapest, July 24, 2014.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh