Button can see success coming his way by staying at McLaren
Britain's Jenson Button has made it abundantly clear his future in Formula One will be with McLaren.
The Somerset-born driver has admitted to being slightly mischievous with regard to his remarks ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, when he stated there was not yet a signature from McLaren on his contract option for next year.
That immediately prompted speculation that Button was in the frame for the vacant Red Bull seat, or even a move to Ferrari should they decide to get rid of Felipe Massa. But the 33-year-old knows he is not going anywhere, as he said with a smile: "I was only winding him [team principal Martin Whitmarsh] up.
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"That was very unfair of me, but I was just stating a fact [about the signature]. It's obviously not going our way at the moment, but it will, and I'm very happy here, I feel good here, and I still feel we can achieve so much together. I'll be here for my future in Formula One."
At least there was a glimmer of improvement at Spa-Francorchamps, where Button finished sixth, 12 seconds behind compatriot Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes, who was third.
"I did say we'd fight for a podium, and we were definitely close to that," added Button. "If it had gone our way, if there had been a safety car, then we possibly could have got a podium.
"The next race [in Italy on September 8] is another opportunity, but then after that it's going to be a bit more difficult on the full-downforce circuits.
"If it's a straight out-and-out race with everyone finishing then it is going to be very difficult for us to get a podium, but if it's mixed up a little then there is every opportunity."
One concern for Button was the lack of straightline speed with his car, which is critical for Monza, the fastest track on the calendar.
"On Sunday there was definitely an improvement, but there are a few areas we are not happy with in terms of the pace of the car," he added.
"The car balance is very good. I felt happy with it, the happiest I have been all year.
"But there is another area we're lacking in, which was a surprise and something we need to sort for Monza otherwise it's going to be a tricky weekend."