Jenson Button says he is not considering switching from McLaren to another F1 team, but maintains he is yet to make a decision on his immediate future in the sport.
McLaren gave its clearest indication yet during the Italian Grand Prix that it 'intends' to retain Button alongside Fernando Alonso for 2016, but the 2009 champion proceeded to suggest he hasn't decided whether he wants to stay.
Whilst Button was unwilling to elaborate on whether he is closer to a decision ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, he did confirm there is no chance of him considering an alternative drive having been cautiously linked with both Haas and any potential Renault-Lotus team.
“If I am in F1, it will be with this team,” he said. “I have had some tough times with McLaren, but I have a lot of respect for the whole team and Honda. This is the team for the future and I don't think there is any point at looking at a smaller, younger start-up programme.
“To be fair to this team, it is very young still in terms of our relationship with Honda and powerplant itself. This will improve a lot over the years.”
Having expected to be in a position to reveal his plans in Singapore, Button says he will be deferring his future plans until the end of the month now.
“By the end of the month, definitely,” he said when asked whether there is a timeframe. “There is a lot you have to think about, so it is an important couple of weeks. I am in a good place.”
Beyond F1, Button's options are likely to include either full retirement from the sport, or a possible move into the World Endurance Championship. It is known that Porsche made a swoop to sign Button to its World Endurance and Le Mans programmes last year, though it isn't unclear whether the German marque has expressed an interests again.