McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button has confirmed that he has yet to speak to the Woking based outfit about 2017 as it is too early in the season to open discussions. Button who was retained by McLaren alongside Fernando Alonso for 2016 scored his first point of the season in Sochi at the weekend has been linked with a move back to Williams for 2017 to replace either Valtteri Bottas or Felipe Massa whose contracts are up at the end of this season.
According to Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft, Button who won the championship with Brawn GP in 2009 nearly signed to drive for Williams this season but instead extended his contract with McLaren.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1’s Simon Lazenby at the weekend Button said that he doesn’t know where the rumors about Williams for next season came from.
Valtteri Bottas had been linked with a move to Ferrari replacing Kimi Raikkonen for this season however the Italian team decided to retain the Iceman for this season alongside Sebastian Vettel and when asked about 2017 at the post Russian Grand Prix top three press conference, Raikkonen said that he has a contract until the end of this season but he is unsure beyond that what he will do.
The Finn stated that he is still passionate about racing and that he will continue in F1 as long as the passion remains.
Button made his Formula One debut with the Williams F1 Team in the year 2000 where he was team mate to Ralf Schumacher and it is well documented that both Sir Frank Williams and Claire Williams rate him very highly however having been with McLaren since 2010 and having played and continued to play a key role in McLaren’s new relationship with Honda it is hard to see that he would move back to Grove in 2017.