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Wheels24.co.za | McLaren's Jenson Button lifts the lid on future plans


STILL HAVE A FEW MONTHS: Jenson Button says that he will decide on his 2017 plans when the time is right. Image: AP / The Canadian Press

Montreal – Jenson Button insists he remains in the driving seat when it comes to deciding his future in Formula 1.

Rumours are swirling that, after seven years with the British team, McLaren intends to replace him for 2017 with reigning GP2 champion and reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

Dictating his own future

36-year-old Button has, in turn, been linked with a move to Williams, where he began his F1 career some seventeen years ago as a teenager.

The Briton told Brazil’s UOL in Montreal earlier in June 2016: “Whatever I do it will be my decision.

“I will choose my future. I have to make sure I still love the sport. Who knows what will happen but I will make the decision – not now but in a few months,” Button added.

Interestingly, he suggested that part of that decision will be about whether it is McLaren or Williams that can provide him with the better car.

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Button said: “I want to be competitive. After you win races, you win a championship, you want to keep fighting at the top.

“If I feel that I can be in a competitive position next year, I will stay in F1,” he added.

Potential move to Williams?

Asked if Williams will be a good move for 2017 just as the rules are changing significantly, Button answered: “It’s always very difficult to judge.

“The only team I have information about is McLaren, so I have no way of knowing how competitive the other teams will be.

“I’m not thinking about it right now, I’m just enjoying every weekend and trying to get the most out of the car. I don’t need to worry about anything else apart from that – I just want to enjoy my racing,” Button concluded.



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