"That idea was very exciting for me. There were three teams when I was growing up: one was McLaren, one was Ferrari
and one was Williams. And McLaren
is the one that gave me the best opportunity for the future."
And, as far as retirement is concerned, Button admits that he has moved on from thoughts that he may have just a few years left in the top flight.
"When I won the world championship and my [McLaren] contract was done, I definitely felt that I could also finish my career," he conceded, "But now, two years further down the line, I don't feel that this contract will be my last one. I've seen so many drivers finishing their careers earlier than they should have and regretting it dearly, so we have all that experience to look at. The fact is that I am doing something I love and something that I am good at and not a lot of people get that opportunity."
Despite backtracking on his claims of retirement, however, Button revealed that he has been giving some thought to where he may go in the future.
"I could imagine looking after younger drivers," he announced, "A driver who has gone through some good and hard times could really help younger drivers to achieve their dream - not just teach them how to be fast, but how to work with engineers and the rest of the team for the benefit of both ends. There are so many things drivers have to take in - nutrition, training regime, all that - and it is probably hard to listen to a manager who has never raced, so these are assets that I bring to the table.
"That would interest me [but], on a personal level, I would like to take part in the Ironman world championship triathlon and race in another category - maybe DTM or something else. I definitely want to be racing beyond my F1 career."