McLaren says it is trying to convince Jenson Button to prolong his career in Formula 1, amid suggestions that the Briton is set to retire at the end of 2015.
Button has spent six years with McLaren but his future remains uncertain, following speculation that the 2009 champion will walk away from the sport at the end of the year.
McLaren Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Neale says that the outfit, which has endured a troublesome 2015 following its reunion with Honda, wants Button to stay with them into 2016.
"Jenson is a fantastic guy, a world champion and a big part of the family at Honda and McLaren – he’s been with us for six seasons – and we’re contracted with him, we want him to stay, we like him very much," said Neale during Friday's press conference at the Japanese Grand Prix.
"But if your driver doesn’t really want to be in the seat we have to respect that. I really hope that we have done enough between us to continue those discussions with him and have the confidence to have him with us, and that’s what we’d like."