Button 'amazed' by Grosjean comments
5 September 2014 – Jenson Button says he is "amazed" by Romain Grosjean's suggestion that Fernando Alonso is the key to this year's driver market.
Ferrari driver Alonso has recently been linked with a return to McLaren, but he spoke out this week confirming that he has no intention to leave Maranello and that he had entered talks to extend his stay beyond 2016.
"It doesn't change my cause. It doesn't change anything as he was always staying at Ferrari," Button said.
When Grosjean's comments about Alonso were put to him, Button responded: "Yeah, which amazes me.
"I know drivers say they don't read the press. We only don't read the press when you say something horrible about us, we pretend we don't read the press! That [Grosjean's suggestion] surprised me. I don't think he's the key to the driver market, the two McLaren drivers are probably the key to the driver market, I would say."
Button also clarified comments about retiring at the end of the season if he is not handed a fresh deal.
"I said if I wasn't racing at the end of the season, then so be it. That's what I said. If I'm not racing at the end of the season, then so be it. I can't do much about that," the former World Champion explained.
"But it's not that I'm getting ready as I definitely don't want to retire for many years, but when you're asked the question so many times you've got to say something different else it gets boring."