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Button still yet to sign

Jenson Button is still waiting to sign a new deal with McLaren.

McLaren have not yet nailed on who will be driving for them next season.

But the likelihood is that both British driver Jenson Button and Mexican driver Sergio Perez will remain with the team.

Sergio Perez is part-way through his first season with McLaren after joining the team from Sauber at the end of last season.

Whilst Jenson Button is now part-way through his fourth season with McLaren.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh confirmed at the Belgian Grand Prix that the team plans to keep hold of an un-changed driver line-up for the 2014 Formula One World Champions season, whilst Button has been pretty open about his desire to stay with the team.

'I think when you are at a top team, any of the top three or four teams, it is better to stay put,' Button said at the drivers conference on Thursday afternoon in Monza.

Despite a poor season for McLaren and potential seat openings at both Red Bull and Ferrari over the past couple of months, Jenson Button has always been clear that he wants to remain with McLaren.

Following Lewis Hamilton's move from McLaren to Mercedes, Button is now the clear leader of the team at McLaren. That might not bring any on track favouritism like it would at other teams, but Button and McLaren seem like a good fit.

McLaren holds an option for Button's services for 2014, believed to be subject to certain performance related clauses, but as yet nothing has been agreed.

After the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, The Times newspaper reported that McLaren and Button had agreed a three-year-deal extending his current 12 million-a-season contract.

Such a deal would see Button working through two very different transitional periods for McLaren.

In 2014 Formula One goes through the mass regulation changes, which sees a whole new power unit introduced into the sport, whilst in 2015 McLaren will end their long association with Mercedes and switch to Honda engines.

'I think 2015 is a very exciting challenge for the whole team. It's always interesting working with new partners and new engine suppliers but I think it's also something necessary for this team and the future,' Button told The Guardian.

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Date:Friday September 6 2013

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