Jenson Button says he isn't ready to take up a supporting role within the McLaren team despite seeing his chances of winning a second F1 title all but ended by his retirement in the Italian Grand Prix.
Just a week after his victory at Spa, Button was forced to retire at Monza while running in second place and is now 78 points behind Fernando Alonso as a result.
Although that means he is mathematically still in the title race, the reality is that it would take a monumental swing in fortunes for the Briton to stand any chance of repeating his title success of 2009.
With team-mate Lewis Hamilton only 37 points down on Alonso, the 2008 champion is now the man most likely to give McLaren the title this season but Button insisted that his approach wasn't going to change through the remainder of the season.
“It is going to be very difficult but nothing is going to change,” he was quoted by the Daily Express
. “I am still going to race hard and try to win every race from here on in.
“Motivation is no problem for me because you always go into every race thinking you are going to win.
“The title is something you savour for ever. But with race victories, it's the moment and the adrenaline, it is really about living in the moment. You really see the emotions of the team and everyone around you.”
McLaren has already made it clear that it will allow Button and Hamilton to continue racing in track, but Button said he was prepared for the fact he would now start facing questions about playing a supporting role.
“I am sure I will be asked,” he said, “but it is a waste of time because the answers will be very short.”