McLaren eager to extend Button's contract
24 August 2013 – McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has all but confirmed that Jenson Button will be retained beyond the 2013 season, describing him as "a great asset" to the outfit.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, Button expressed his willingness to stay with the outfit for what would be a fifth term, but revealed that team chiefs have not yet taken up the option they have on him.
However, in a bid to clear up the situation after the opening day of practice in the Ardennes, Whitmarsh has publicly stated his plans to keep Button onboard.
"I don't think we'll be letting Jenson go," Whitmarsh explained to Sky Sports when quizzed over the matter. "I think he's a great asset and I think we're going to sit down and talk through a few things. He's done a fantastic job ever since he's been in this team."
"We've had some great years and great wins with him. You look at the number of points he's won - he actually out-pointed Lewis [Hamilton] during that time - and he's doing a great job this year," Whitmarsh added. "I think we'll see him here for a few years to come."
Button joined McLaren in 2010 – directly after his title success for the short-lived Brawn GP guise – and has so far picked up seven race victories with the team.