Jenson Button has scoffed at speculation linking him to an eventual F1 future at Ferrari, dismissing it as 'quite fun' and 'hilarious because it's not true' – as he confessed that he hopes to agree renewed terms with current employer McLaren-Mercedes 'as soon as possible'.
It is a given that Button will be driving for McLaren next season – his third with the ultra-successful Woking-based outfit – but the sticking-point in contract talks appears to be the British star's ostensible reluctance to tie himself down longer-term with the team, lest a seat become available at Ferrari in 2013.
Felipe Massa looks all-but certain to be ousted from the Scuderia
at the end of next year, and Ferrari has previously demonstrated its interest in Button. Allied to the protracted nature of the 31-year-old's negotiations with McLaren, some have surmised that the only reason he is holding off from re-signing is that he is eyeing up the Brazilian's scarlet cockpit. Despite recent reports to that effect in Massa's homeland, the 2009 F1 World Champion insists nothing could be further from the truth.
“It's hilarious because it's not true,” he told Globo Esporte
. “I don't know who put it out, but it wasn't us and it wasn't Ferrari.”
“Hopefully, it will be sorted out as soon as possible,” Button added in an interview with PA Sport
. “I hope it is, anyway, because I don't want to be talking about it for too long and I don't want to leave people hanging. I actually don't mind being asked about [the Ferrari rumour], because I find it quite fun.”
Massa, for his part, has been similarly quick to assert that he has no intention of going anywhere, as he bids to prolong an association with the Prancing Horse that stretches all the way back to 2003.
“I have a contract until the end of 2012, and after that, we'll see,” the Paulista told Singapore newspaper Today
. “I hope to stay here a long time.”