Former Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Jenson Button has dropped the biggest hint yet that he could quit the sport altogether once his contract with McLaren ends at the end of the season.
it is believed that the announcement regarding a change in the line-up of drivers for the British team is quite imminent with another former world champion Fernando Alonso set to be announced as his replacement in the team who are also set to retain rookie youngster Kevin Magnussen as the Spanish driver’s teammate.
Although the Englishman has scored almost twice as many points as the rookie, McLaren believe the 22 year old is a much better fit as a teammate for Alonso rather than Button.
Rumours have swirled all summer that Alonso is set to return to his former team for the 2015 season and after it was announced that the Spaniard would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season to be replaced by Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel. and Button sounded quite downbeat and in acceptance of the fact that he has no future in the team anymore, said that it had been going on for some time now.
He added that although it was okay initially, there comes a time when everyone needs to sit down and consider the options available in such a situation, be it in Formula One or any other motorsport.
button went on to state that there is a lot of challenges out there, challenges that will push him to the limit and test him and although he didn’t clearly said what kind of challenges those were, it is expected that Button will join another former Formula One driver Mark Webber at the World Endurance Championship with the Porsche team once his deal with McLaren expires at the end of the season.