2014 F1 season
Jenson Button says he and McLaren need to find solutions to their lack of competitiveness at the moment before turning their attention to extending his contract to drive for them.
Asked if any progress had been made on renewing his current deal Button said: “no, no more progress”.
“But that’s the way it is. We’re here, we’ve spent four good years together already, in our fifth year together. And we both want, I think, to work together in the future, but it’s just not time yet, the right time.”
“We’ve got a lot of other issues to solve first before we start thinking about the future too much,” he said.
“We’re in a good place, I think my experience does help me a lot. I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever and I have all that experience. I’m in a great position, I feel that I’ve got a lot more to give in the future in Formula One. I definitely can’t see an end to my career, this is my life, and where I want to be in the future.”
McLaren have endured a largely unsuccessful season since starting the year with a double points finish in Australia. “I think from the outside it doesn’t look spectacular, our season this year, you’d say it looks quite similar to last year,” Button admitted.
“But it’s very different: in terms of the feel of the car it’s much better, in terms of the development of the car it is working and we’re going in the right direction.
“So it’s tough, when you’ve been fighting for wins and the team are used to fighting for wins it’s difficult when you find yourself in this situation but also there are a lot of positives right now.
“I think with Ron [Dennis] back in charges and Eric [Boullier] I think they’re doing a great job of really moving the team on and changing certain things so that we will be fighting at the front again. But it just takes time things don’t change overnight even though we’re pushing very, very hard.”
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