McLaren’s Jenson Button considering retiring from Formula 1 amid a difficult 2015 season, the 2009 world champion has admitted in an interview.
McLaren is going through a rough patch since the beginning of the 2013 season, with a return to Honda power only adding to their misery. The alliance scored just 27 points this year, finishing ninth in the championship, only ahead of F1 minnows Manor.
With reliability issues and a lack of straight line speed blighting the season, Button has admitted that he thought about hanging his lid, and not extending his contract beyond the end of current year.
"Last year I wasn't sure if I'd be racing and it wasn't my choice," Button told Sky Sports F1.
"This year it was totally my choice and there was a moment where I thought 'I not sure I want to do this anymore and be where we are'. Obviously if we are where we are right now next year, it is not going to be that enjoyable."
Button reiterated that he has confidence in the Anglo-Japanese partnership, having spoken to top level engineers and McLaren CEO Ron Dennis about their plans for next year.
"I spent a lot of time with the engineers and the aerodynamicists and I spoke more with Ron [Dennis] in the two months when I was trying to decide what to do next year than I have in my whole time at McLaren," Button said.
"We went through a lot of ideas for next year and spoke to the aerodynamicists and the engineers and got a real direction and understanding of where we are going and with Honda as well.
"So that got me excited, that got me pumped for next year knowing that there are big improvements on the horizon and we need them,’’ he added.
by Rachit Thukral