McLaren confirms Button to stay for 2016

By on Thursday, October 1, 2015
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McLaren has ended speculation regarding the future of Jenson Button by confirming that he will remain with the team into 2016.

Button's future had been unclear in recent weeks amid suggestion that the 2009 world champion was considering walking away from the sport.

Button's contract with McLaren was for two years, with the outfit holding an option to cancel the deal at the end of 2015.

McLaren decided not to activate the clause once satisfied that Button was committed to extend his Formula 1 stay for a 17th successive season.

"Over the past month or so I have done quite a lot of thinking, and it is no secret that I was at one point in two minds about my future," he said.

"But I have been a McLaren driver for six seasons now, and in that time I have got to know [CEO] Ron [Dennis] very well.

"He and I have had some very good chats these past few weeks, and during those chats it has become clear to me that Ron is both utterly determined and uniquely equipped to lead our team through its current difficulties to great successes in the future.

"That gives me great confidence, and it is for that reason that, together, he and I have decided to continue our partnership; and, as soon as I had made that decision, straight away I realised it was the correct one.

"Okay, granted, this year has not been an easy one for us, but we know what we need to do to improve things and, in collaboration with Honda, we will work extremely hard over the next weeks and months in order to make sure that 2016 will be a much better season than 2015 has been."

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