Button unfazed by replacement rumours
26 July 2014 – Jenson Button says he is unconcerned by rumours linking rival drivers to his McLaren cockpit.
In the run up to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, reports suggested that the Woking-based outfit had sounded out both Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso over a potential future drive.
But Button does not envisage either of the two drivers wanting to leave their respective teams any time soon.
"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," said the 2009 World Champion in an interview with the official Formula 1 website.
Button is hopeful that, despite McLaren Group CEO urging him to "try harder" shortly after the eighth round in Austria, he has shown enough so far this season to extend his stay at the squad into a sixth campaign.
"I would give myself 10 out of 10 (laughs)," Button said. "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."
Button sits eighth in the standings, one place and 22 points ahead of rookie team-mate Kevin Magnussen.