Jenson Button insists he has no plans to move away from McLaren
despite a challenging 2013 F1 season.
The 2009 title winner has had a torrid season and has been unable to challenge at the front of the field due to the various issues McLaren
has faced with its 2013 car – which has been off the pace all season.
Ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, comments from Button
about the state of his contract negotiations with the Woking-based team soon led to speculation that he could be looking at his options elsewhere.
However, the Briton insists he has no plans to leave McLaren
and that his comments about not yet signing his new contract was simply him 'winding up' team boss Martin Whitmarsh.
"I was only winding him up,” he told the Press Association
. "That was very unfair of me, but I was just stating a fact (about the signature).
"It's obviously not going our way at the moment, but it will, and I'm very happy here, I feel good here, and I still feel we can achieve so much together.
"I'll be here for my future in Formula One."
Button produced an encouraging performance at Spa to finish just twelve seconds away from the podium places but the Briton insisted there was still a lot of work to be done to allow the team to hit its target.
"I did say we'd fight for a podium, and we were definitely close to that," added Button. "If it had gone our way, if there had been a safety car, then we possibly could have got a podium.
"On Sunday there was definitely an improvement, but there are a few areas we are not happy with in terms of the pace of the car. The car balance is very good. I felt happy with it, the happiest I have been all year. To me it felt very similar to last year.
"But there is another area we're lacking in, which was a surprise and something we need to sort for Monza otherwise it's going to be a tricky weekend."