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
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."