Button 'massively relaxed' about his F1 future

Fri Sep 5, 2014 9:36am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONZA Italy (Reuters) - Jenson Button has dismissed speculation about his Formula One future and declared himself 'massively relaxed' about next season.

The 2009 world champion's current contract with McLaren expires at the end of the year and the team have yet to announce their lineup for 2015, when they are starting a new partnership with Honda.

Button, the most experienced driver on the starting grid, has been with McLaren since 2010 and this year has Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen as his team mate.

McLaren boss Ron Dennis, who has reportedly been making overtures to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, recently fueled speculation about Button by saying he was keeping an eye out for other top drivers who might become available.

Alonso has, however, said that he wants to extend his Ferrari contract beyond 2016 while Vettel is also tied to champions Red Bull for 2015 and has indicated he is not about to move.

"My situation has not changed. I am happy where I am," Vettel told reporters at Monza. "But you never know what is happening in the future. Right now, I don't feel the need to do something different."

Asked ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix whether he felt relaxed about 2015, Button replied emphatically: "Massively relaxed."

The Briton played down a recent television interview in which he had appeared to acknowledge that there was a possibility he could be facing retirement.   Continued...

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