Jenson Button will still be racing at McLaren for 2016, amid speculation that he might be calling time on his F1 career at the end of this season.
The McLaren driver was coy about his future plans over the course of the Singapore/Japan double header, but did vent his frustration over the team radio during the Singapore GP when being told to slow down for reliability reasons.
In an interview with Sky TV the world champion also alluded to the fact that he has been losing the “joy” in driving in Formula 1, however followed that up in Japan by saying he is excited to be apart of a project that could show results in the future.
Now today he has announced with the team that he will be with them in 2016, and hopes that the collaboration between them and Honda will be “a much better season than 2015 has been.”
According to Ron Dennis there was a “terminate after one year” option on his contract, but Button’s enthusiasm for the project and commitment quickly made that option an “irrelevance.”
“That being the case,” said Dennis. “Jenson will race for McLaren-Honda next year, under the terms and conditions as set out in the two-year contract that both parties entered into a year ago. ”