Jenson Button says he won't necessarily have a role at McLaren-Honda in 2015
2009 World Champion not thinking too far ahead
By Mike Wise. Last Updated: 22/05/13 5:10pm
Jenson Button is refusing to look too far ahead in his career despite the news that McLaren are to renew their legendary partnership with Honda in 2015.
The association, which yielded a total of eight world titles when it was originally struck up between 1988 and 1992, was announced last week, with Honda once again supplying engines to the Woking team.
Having withdrawn from F1 in 2008 in light of the global economic crisis, the Japanese manufacturer has been drawn back to the sport by the rule changes, to be introduced next season, which feature 'greener' power.
For Button, it represents the chance to personally reacquaint himself with Honda. He drove for the works team when they pulled out five seasons ago, having originally joined the team, then known as BAR, back in 2003.
On the face of it, the deal appears to place the 2009 World Champion in a position where he can thrive: Button knows both parties well and McLaren seem keen to keep him on board, even though they are currently struggling to be competitive.
Yet Button will also be 35 years old when the agreement starts and, speaking in Monaco on Thursday ahead of this weekend's race, he said he would rather not make plans.
"I don't want to think about the future too much at the moment. You've got to live in the moment and I don't think trying to agree a lengthy deal for the future is something that is interesting at the moment for me," Button said.
"I'm 13 years in the sport and I want to have freedom - that feeling of 'If it doesn't feel right anymore, then stop'.
"I definitely don't feel like that yet and it does feel like it's going to be a long way down the road. For me, that freedom is important in the future."
Button did give a thumbs-up to the partnership, however, and said that 2014's new rules - which stipulate 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engines, a fuel flow limit and greater reliance on energy recovery systems - could persuade more manufacturers to compete.
"For us as a team, I think it's good news for the future. But I also think for the sport as a whole, it's fantastic news. Having another engine manufacturer in the sport is good; we have four very strong engine manufacturers in the sport," he added.
"With the new regulations, it's going to bring in other manufacturers and Honda being the first to announce that is great - and hopefully there will be more."
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