Jenson Button has reiterated that he is in no rush to sign a new deal with McLaren for next season, although he has said he is very happy where he is.
McLaren is thought to be the favourite to retain the services of the Englishman for 2012 [see separate story - click here
], but while that may be the case, the 31-year-old is by no means fretting about what might happen in six months time. Indeed speaking ahead of this Sunday's F1 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, he said again that at the moment it is not something that is a priority and that his full focus is on the here and now and trying to win at Silverstone.
“I haven't sat down and talked to Martin [Whitmarsh] yet about the future. They have an option on me for next year, I keep reading in the press [about this]. [But] it's not the time to be discussing it I don't think,” he said.
“We have got more important things to be concentrating on, like fighting for a victory here, so we will leave that on the back-burner for now and look into that later this season. But I am happy where I am. We are all fighters and we all want to achieve and at the moment we have been a little bit behind the Red Bulls but we are fighting on.
“I think the team are doing a great job of bringing updates and reasonably big updates to most grand's prix, and especially this one, the home grand prix, so I think we are all doing a very good job. We will see if it works out for us when we get out on the track.”
This weekend's race will mark the first since the introduction of the FIA's ban on off-throttle blown diffusers and while Button concedes that could shake up the order a bit, he knows there are no guarantees.
“There is always a chance [things could change with the new rules]. Whether it is a big enough one [though] I don't know," he added. "I think if you look at the last race you'd say the Red Bull was very strong and we were quite a long way behind them. But we have updates for this race, which hopefully will help us and also we have the difference in the blown diffuser this race and the electronics.
“That might help us more than the other teams. I don't know, it might not. That's something we just have to see when we get out on the circuit. But I think the important thing is that we have done a lot of preparation work for this race with the new components and also running with the new blown diffuser system. It's about preparation for this race.
“This is a pretty tough circuit to get out onto with the new package so preparation is key and I think we have prepared very well and hopefully that will show tomorrow when we get out there.
“I haven't even got on the podium here before in an F1 car and so that will be my first aim [this weekend]. It is one you would love to win, your home grand prix. We all want to fight for a World Championship and I think we all want to win Monaco and I think we would love to win our home grand prix.
“It is the one I haven't achieved yet so that is something I will be fighting for and this is a pretty special race for us as Brits. We get a lot of support from the public here. To see so many Union Jacks and St George Crosses around the place and the rocket red caps, so it's a really, really nice atmosphere. Hopefully we can put on a good show for them.”