Jenson Button says he could opt to leave McLaren even if the team offers him a new contract for next season.

Fernando Alonso is widely expected to return to McLaren from Ferrari next year, which would leave Button and team-mate Kevin Magnussen fighting over the remaining seat available alongside the double world champion. However, when asked if he would stay at McLaren if the team came to him at this point and offered him a new deal, Button replied: "That's a good question that I can't answer at this moment in time.

"When you're put in a position that many drivers have been over the years that you're not sure if your contract is going to be renewed, it opens your eyes to different challenges and different possibilities. Whether it's racing, whether it's doing another sport, whether it's something different altogether.

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"For me, I'm excited about the challenges ahead. I have a lot that I'm excited about, a lot of different ideas for my future, whether it's next year or the year after. This is a massive part of my life, Formula One and motor racing. It has been and it's not going to stop, it will continue, it's just that I don't know where that's going to be right now.

"I never feel like I'm being pushed out of the sport because I'm definitely going to be in the sport in some way, shape or form. It's going to be a massive challenge and it's very exciting."

However, asked if he had decided what he will do next season, Button replied: "No.

"To quote another racing driver: I'm very excited about my future. And the difference is I believe it and it's true!"

And Button said if he were to leave F1 at the end of the year it would not mean the door is closed on a future return.

"If I'm in Formula One I want to be winning. I've done enough of not winning since I won the world championship so I have no interest in racing in Formula One unless I'm challenging right at the front.

"If I had a seat that would give me the opportunity to win then of course, I think every driver would be interested in that. But I'm not just here to race 20 races and collect points."

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Sounds a lot like preventive "i would have refused anyway" for when he realise the call is not coming anytime soon indeed...

What would be great is if Jenson did have something else lined up, McLaren offered, and with an invisible middle finger politely declined their offer.