Jenson Button says he is not yet in a position to confirm his future plans despite speculation suggesting he was primed to announcement his retirement from the sport.
Reports suggested Button was going to use the Japanese Grand Prix – Honda's home event – to formally confirm whether he will stay with McLaren or exit the sport, but he says he is still in talks with the team.
Pressed during the pre-event press conference at Suzuka, a steadfast Button - who previously said he would make his decision known by the end of September - refused to give more details about his plans.
“There are so many possibilities of what could happen next year,” he said.
"I can't give you anything else really since the last race, there's no more information to give you. So you're going to have to wait a little while I'm sorry to say.
"We're in good talks - the team and myself - and that's it."
The 2009 world champion, Button is the most experienced F1 driver on the grid with 278 starts to date, as well as 15 race wins and 50 podiums under his belt.
Scoring his first race win at his 113th attempt with BAR-Honda at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Button's career peaked in 2009 when he swept to the world title with the Brawn GP.
Joining McLaren from 2010, though the team – which is struggling in 2015 with its still-developing Honda engine – has indicted that it would like to retain Button and Fernando Alonso for 2016, the driver has hinted at his discontent with the lack of progress in recent races.