Jenson Button has admitted that he could be forced to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the year, in the wake of speculation that McLaren is looking to lure a marquee signing to the team for 2015.
Eric Boullier admitted earlier this week that McLaren is looking at finalising a long-term plan for its driver line-up, a process which he says has left his two drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Button, feeling “uncomfortable”.
McLaren is said to be pushing for a major driver signing, with former driver Fernando Alonso, who left the team following a troubled 2007 season, a key target, ahead of Honda’s return to Formula 1 with Woking-based outfit from 2015.
With Magnussen, a product of McLaren’s driver programme impressing in recent races it is believed that Button, whose contract expires at the end of the season, would be the most likely driver to be dropped if the team’s line-up were to change.
“We haven’t sat down and talked about it,” Button told BBC Sport. “If I have to retire at the end of the season then so be it, but I feel I have so much more to give and I can’t imagine life without motorsport and especially Formula 1.”
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