Button hints at quitting F1

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.

NOT ENOUGH TIME

The McLaren driver Jenson Button has said that he does not feel like he has had a lot of time with the new car for the upcoming season. McLaren recently unveiled the MP4-28 as their competitor for the new season. Button only recently returned to pre-season testing, and he has been doing just over 70 laps in the last few days. His teammate Sergio Perez was involved in the testing of the car over the first few days of pre-season. Button is extremely concerned that he does not have enough time to spend with the car, as he has made just over 70 laps.

The Englishman was hoping to make up for the lost ground on the final day of testing, but rain has been predicted on this final day. Due to the cold climates experienced by the teams in Barcelona as part of the pre-season, rain will certainly hamper the opportunities to improve the car even more. Button has said that he feels that he has not had good enough time in the car, which is also the opinion of his teammate Perez as well. Aerodynamic has been pointed out as an important area that the team are focusing. The time-consuming nature has left little to do with other areas of the car.

“It’s going to be wet tomorrow so it’s tricky. I don’t feel like I’ve had enough laps in the car and I think it’s the same for Checo [Perez] as well. We’re doing a lot of work to really understand the car in terms of the aerodynamics. We were doing a lot of rake work in the morning and it always takes a little bit longer than you expect. You lose a lot of time doing that. It’s not been perfect,” said Button after the fourth day of testing.