Jenson Button plans to stay at McLaren until the end of his Formula One career, the 2009 world champion said in an interview published on Thursday.
“When I finish racing here, I won’t be racing in Formula One anymore,” Button told autosport published on the magazine’s website.
“I’m very happy here. I want to enjoy my racing and I’m really enjoying my time here. I can’t see any reason to be anywhere else.
“I’m driving for one of the best teams in the world. It’s a position that most drivers would love to be in and I’ve worked very hard for it. I might be around for three years, five years ... I don’t know.” Button, 31, has been in the sport since 2000 and joined McLaren in 2010 to drive alongside fellow-Briton Lewis Hamilton, who won the world title in 2008. Button won his title for Brawn GP which was bought up by Mercedes after the successful 2009 campaign.
Button finished fourth in the 2010 championship and is currently third after three 2011 races with 38 points, behind title holder Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull (68) and Hamilton (47).
He has a three-year contract until 2012 at McLaren and team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he doesn’t expect difficulties in renewing it if Button really wants to stay.
“If Jenson says he is totally committed and wants to do x more years, then I suspect that we could quickly come to an agreement,” Whitmarsh told autosport. “He’s a tremendous asset to the team and when we get around to that, I hope that it will be a quick and easy conversation.”