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

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Whitmarsh: Our focus is on 2014

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."

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