Love matters more than money for Button

Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:44pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Jenson Button is hoping that McLaren will not let him go for love nor money.

With Ferrari's Fernando Alonso expected to join the Formula One team, the focus has been on which of 2009 world champion Button and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen will partner the Spaniard.

McLaren are believed to be divided, with Magnussen offering potential and seen as a cheaper option while Button is a hugely experienced race winner.

"Whatever happens next year, the money is not the issue in any way, shape or form -- for me, anyway," the 34-year-old told British reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix, possibly the penultimate race of his career.

"Whether I’m racing here or racing somewhere else, I do it because I love it," added Button, who finished an impressive fourth at Interlagos while Magnussen had a difficult afternoon and was ninth.

"I still want to earn money because I feel I have achieved and I feel that I should get paid for what I do in an F1 car or in a racing car and for what I bring to a team.

"But...I will race somewhere even if I'm not getting the big bucks, unlike a few drivers who are out there."

Double world champion Alonso is one of the highest paid drivers, with reports suggesting he has already signed to join McLaren at the start of a new partnership with Honda.   Continued...

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain is interviewed outside his team hospitality suite at the paddock area of Singapore F1 Grand Prix in Singapore September 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Tim Chong