McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh has said they want to keep Jenson Button on at the team

2009 Champion has yet to have new contract confirmed

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 23/08/13 7:18pm

  • Share:

McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has said that they have every intention of keeping Jenson Button on at the team.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Button admitted that while he wanted to stay at McLaren, they had yet to confirm a 2014 contract with him.

However, speaking to Sky Sports News after Friday's second practice session at Spa, Whitmarsh said they hoped talks would lead to the 33-year-old staying put.

"I don't think we'll be letting Jenson go. I think he's a great asset and I think we're going to sit down and talk through a few things," he told Craig Slater.

"He's done a fantastic job ever since he's been in this team."

Button joined McLaren as team-mate to Lewis Hamilton after winning the 2009 World Championship.

"We've had some great years and great wins with him. You look at the number of points he's won - he actually out-pointed Lewis during that time - and he's doing a great job this year," Whitmarsh added.

"I think we'll see him here for a few years to come."

  • Share:

Related

Belgian GP 2013

Martin Brundle was joined at the SkyPad by the weekend's polesitter

Brundle: Vettel races away

Martin Brundle reflects on a Belgian GP that was short on excitement but significant for Seb Vettel's title defence.

Belgian GP analysis

Analysing the extent of Vettel's dominance and questioning whether Button could have finished on the podium...

Fernando Alonso was back on the podium for the first time in three races

Ferrari not giving up on title

Ferrari remain optimistic they can take the fight to Red Bull despite losing more ground even with F138 step forward.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Market trading

Market trading

Which teams already have drivers under lock and key - and which ones could have vacancies - for 2015?

An uncertain market

An uncertain market

Mark Hughes explains how uncertainty about Fernando Alonso's future is affecting F1's transfer market.

JB responds to Ron

JB responds to Ron

Jenson says everyone at McLaren must work harder after Dennis called for more from his lead driver.