Button believes he has “a lot more to give”
His current deal runs out at the end of the season, but the Brit said the team has a lot of on-track issues to resolve before it starts thinking about the future.
The Woking-based outfit is currently fifth in the constructors’ championship, on the same number of points as Williams, after a difficult start to the season.
Following two podium finishes in Australia and a double-points finish in Malaysia, McLaren failed to register a top 10 result in the next three races, before returning to the points at the last race in Monaco.
Racing director Eric Boullier recently said Button’s input is “invaluable” for the team. When asked in the FIA driver press conference if there had been any progress with a new contract, he replied: “No, no more progress at all, but that’s the way it is.
“We’re here, we’ve spent four good years together already. We’re in our fifth year together and we both want – I think – to work together in the future. But it’s just not the time yet – the right time. We’ve got a lot of other issues to solve yet before we start thinking about the future too much.”
He added: “We’re in a good place and I think my experience does help me a lot. I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever and I have all of that experience so I’m in a great position.
“I feel that I have got a lot more to give in the future in Formula 1. I definitely can’t see an end to my career. This is my life and it’s where I want to be.”
The 2014 season is Button’s 15th in the sport and he celebrated his 250th race start at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier in the year.
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