Jenson Button has added fuel to the fire suggesting that he could form an all-British 'dream team' at McLaren next season by admitting that he would not be scared of pitting himself against any other driver in equal machinery.
Keen not to single out potential team-mate Lewis Hamilton in his comments, Button insisted that being competitive and having a shot at retaining his unexpected world title were at the top of his wishlist for 2010, even though he admits that he is seeking an improved financial offer from the Brawn team that took him to the championship.
“As a kid, I didn't dream about how much money I could earn," he claimed to Britain's Daily Telegraph
newspaper, "My aim is to be racing in a car next year that can win the championship."
Asked specifically whether he had been approached by McLaren, Button refused to comment, but insisted that he would be pursuing his request for an improved pay offer from Brawn after taking a voluntary pay cut from £8m to £3m in an effort to help the former Honda team make it onto the grid in 2009.
“I've been approached by teams in F1 for sure, but I can't talk about who or what was discussed because that's confidential,” the 29-year old said, “It wouldn't be fair as I haven't yet sat down and discussed the future with my team. We are waiting to get this race out of the way first.
“They have just won the world championship, and there is a lot of money involved in that. But, as I have said before, money is not the most important factor for me."
Instead, having finally achieved his childhood dream after ten years in F1, Button admits that he will have to refocus on new goals for the future.
“It is a strange feeling, where do you go from here?” he pondered, “I want new challenges, [and] there's no-one on this grid I wouldn't go up against. That's the challenge of F1, that's why we love it. But I'm not just talking about Lewis - I'm talking generally.”