A relaxed Jenson Button suggests McLaren contract extension only a formality
Briton also has his say on Alonso/Raikkonen at Ferrari
Last Updated: 18/09/13 5:57pm
Although Button has long been expected to stay at the Woking team into next season, it nonetheless emerged last month that McLaren hadn't yet actually taken up the option on the 2009 World Champion's services for next year.
Martin Whitmarsh has strongly hinted that McLaren will field an unchanged line-up of Button and Sergio Perez next season - admitting recently that both "deserve another go" in wake of the team's stark 2013 underperformance - and newspaper reports earlier this month suggested that McLaren would soon open negotiations about a longer-term extension with the Briton.
And asked about the state of contract talks ahead of this weekend's Singapore GP, Button told Sky Sports News: "It's not an issue for either party.
"So just concentrating on racing and we'll be racing together in 2014."
Although only ever tentatively linked in the 'silly season' market with Red Bull and Ferrari, Button's name was officially put out of the running when the two teams confirmed Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen respectively for 2014.
Ferrari's decision to re-hire Raikkonen, at the expense of team stalwart Felipe Massa, and pair him with fellow Fernando Alonso continues to prove the major talking point in F1 and Button, having been part of an all-World Champion line-up himself in his first three years at McLaren, reckons Alonso will have to get used to a different type of structure.
"It's an interesting one. I've been with Lewis before, we're both World Champions, and that was a pretty interesting atmosphere in the team," Button explained.
"I don't think it was a bad thing - I think it was a good thing for both of us - and we'll see if it's a good thing for those two.
"Alonso's probably used to a different style of team-mate over the last few years with Felipe. A guy who's quick, but pretty much has to do what Fernando says I guess when it comes to team orders. Kimi will not be like that.
"So in one way I think he [Raikkonen]'s going to push him hard, but also he won't get it all his own way."
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