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Button admits F1 retirement is possible

Jenson Button admits he may be forced to retire from F1 at the end of the season if he's not offered a new McLaren contract
Jenson Button admits he may be forced to retire from F1 at the end of the season if he's not offered a new McLaren contract.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team is attempting to formulate a driver strategy for “three years and maybe five years”, while admitting that the uncertainty is “uncomfortable for the drivers”.

Ahead of Honda's return it is understood that McLaren is keen on bringing Fernando Alonso back to the team from Ferrari. While no decision has yet been made, with protégé Kevin Magnussen only in his first season of F1 Button would be the more likely driver to make way if the line-up was to change.

When asked by Crash.net about his future in Belgium, Button conceded he is in an “unusual” situation, and he has since admitted that 2014 could prove to be his last season against his wishes.

"We haven't sat down and talked about it," Button told the BBC at the Belgian Grand Prix. "If I have to retire at the end of the season then so be it, but I feel I have so much more to give and I can't imagine life without motorsport and especially Formula One."


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benignlyindifferent

August 28, 2014 10:50 AM

Can't see the Alonso switch happening but you never know. Can't see Grosjean performing any better than the two current McLaren drivers. JEV? Perhaps. But I think McLaren still wish to keep Button but the length of the deal is what has proven difficult. Button's statements at this time might be made to leverage Honda support to sign him. I am not certain why he has the detractors he does because his career to the current time has been one of performing as well or better than his teammates.



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