Jenson Button was in typically coy mood when pressed for details of where he may be racing next season.

The British veteran is at the heart of McLaren's line-up decision for 2015, but has little say in his future as the team ponders its options for the first year back with Honda power. While Button's ability behind the wheel is not in doubt, McLaren is somewhat spoiled for choice, having been linked to a number of high-profile stars - including Sebastian Vettel and former team-mates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton - as well as a host of rising talent both within and outside its development programme.

"I think Jenson already has 17 team-mates for next year," Vettel joked, "I have been one of them, a couple of weeks ago, and, maybe next week, I will again!"

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While Vettel insists that his focus remains on bringing Red Bull up to scratch for the remainder of the 2014 season, Button was forced to deflect questions ahead of the weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, only hinting that he has few choices beyond McLaren.

"As you know, I cannot discuss anything to do with the contract," he told reporters at Suzuka, "but it [McLaren] is the best option...."

The annual trip to Japan provokes good memories for the 2009 world champion, who has yet to post a DNF in 14 attempts at the race.

"I think the one win [at Suzuka] stands out for me as a result, rather than finishing 14 races," Button noted, "Winning here in 2011 was a very special victory for me, and being chased down by Fernando and Sebastian at the end of the race meant it was a proper climax that really stands out in my F1 career."

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Yeah, mclaren is the best option for button, but button is not the best option for mclaren.

McLaren can give what alonso always wanted, a clear number one. Where there's smoke there's a fire. This rumors just dont came out of nowhere especially with a driver than a couple of years left in his contract. I thoroughly believe that FA will head to McLaren next year.