Jenson Button admits the uncertainty around his and team-mate Kevin Magnussen's futures is “an unusual situation”.
Both drivers are yet to be signed to contracts beyond the end of this season at McLaren, with Button coming to the end of his fifth season with the team and Magnussen in his debut year. With no developments over the August break, Button said he still isn't overly concerned by the lack of talks but concedes it is not a position he is used to being in.
“I don't feel uncomfortable,” Button said. “It's an unusual situation, yes, but sometimes it's that way. But our job is to drive as fast as we can, do the best job for ourselves and the best job for the team. I feel that we are both doing the maximum that we can and I think we are both doing a very good job.”
Racing director Eric Boullier said the delay in finalising the team's driver line-up was due to himself and Ron Dennis attempting to formulate a more long-term strategy.
“I am sure there are a lot of fans waiting and firstly these two guys [Button and Magnussen] are waiting,” Boullier said. “Obviously we went through some changes in the management of the team and there is a new strategy which Ron and myself will try to put in place.
“So we are in the luxury position to wait – it may be a few days or a few weeks – until we know where we will go in the next few years; that's why it takes a bit of time.”