Button unfazed by McLaren seat speculation


26 July 2014 by Ryan Wood

Jenson Button isn't concerned by rumours which have linked both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso to his seat at McLaren.

The Briton's contract expires at the end of the season and it's believed 2015 power unit supplier and partner Honda, are keen for a 'superstar' driver to join McLaren's line-up.

That has led to speculation linking Red Bull's Vettel with a move, or possibly Fernando Alonso who is increasingly growing tired of Ferrari's lack of pace compared to some of its rivals.

Button believes both rumours are non-starters though.

"I don't understand why Sebastian should want to leave Red Bull – and Fernando has a long-term contract with Ferrari so I don't see that," he told the official F1 website.

When asked how confident he was of retaining his seat, especially in light of comments from McLaren chairman Ron Dennis who urged him to "try harder", Button said: "I would give myself 10 out of 10," he laughed.

"You have to have confidence in your ability, so in terms of working with the team and developing the car and finding a direction, I am very happy with what I've done."