Ron Dennis says Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will form McLaren-Honda's driver line-up for the 2016 Formula 1 season, revealing he hasn't 'terminated' his deal and is therefore contracted to race next season.

Button has been the subject of much attention in Suzuka this weekend after the Englishman seemingly hinted he may be leaning towards retirement, despite McLaren confirming it wants to retain him for 2016 alongside Alonso.

However, with Button remaining tight-lipped over his intentions throughout the Suzuka weekend, McLaren CEO Dennis has given the clearest indication yet that the Englishman will be in F1 next season, saying his option for renewal has been activated and he is therefore contracted to race in 2016.

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"Jenson has a two-year contract," he said. "I should have taken away any doubt about our commitment to him earlier than I did. I didn't speak to him until Thursday, but at the end of the day it would have been more constructive if he'd known that I had no intention of exercising our option to terminate him. We didn't put it in there to exercise it and we didn't.

"These sorts of decisions are not mine and mine alone, we need consensus from the shareholders and once I had consensus I informed Jenson formally. I could have done it a couple of days earlier, but I didn't think it would be an issue."

Accepting that Button's hesitance to reveal his plans in recent weeks may have been largely motivated by McLaren's lack of clarity over its commitment to him, Dennis remains certain there will be no complications going forward.

"I think the position he found himself in was, like any relationship, that you need to know the other party wants you. It's the same in a human relationship or any sort of partnership and I took that doubt away because I don't think it was constructive."