Button is a wanted man, says his manager

Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:31pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Jenson Button is a wanted man, even if McLaren ultimately decide they do not want to retain the 2009 Formula One world champion for next season.

"I'm getting phone calls from everyone because he is an exceptional driver, he's still in his prime, everyone wants to hire him. He is a wanted individual," the Briton's manager Richard Goddard said on Thursday.

"I've had loads of different approaches, as I would and you have to expect that I would, from loads of different sports -- driving sports obviously, his tennis isn't up to much.

"But we haven't got any serious conversations, talking about different levels of where we are, where we are going to be ... obviously we'd like to stay in F1, and to stay driving for McLaren, but maybe there will come a point when we get offered something and it's a great opportunity, a great place to be."

Button's future is the subject of much speculation, with McLaren strongly linked to Ferrari's double world champion Fernando Alonso.

McLaren are switching to Honda engines next season and Alonso is seen as the number one target to lead the new partnership on the track despite falling out with McLaren boss Ron Dennis when he last drove for the team in 2007.

In the latest of many such stories, Spanish daily Marca reported on Thursday that a contract with McLaren was missing only the Spaniard's signature.

Goddard said the team had told him they were in a "holding pattern" and no decision had been made about their 2015 lineup with the future of Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen equally up in the air.   Continued...

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain prepares to put on his helmet during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai