Button not worried about F1 future
11:27pm Monday 7th July 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Jenson Button has no doubt McLaren boss Ron Dennis is on his side despite remarks that caused a furore over the British Grand Prix weekend.
Dennis appeared to suggest Button's future with the team was on the line when he urged the 34-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the year, to 'try harder'.
Button responded in kind by asserting he gave 100 per cent in every aspect of his working environment with McLaren, and that Dennis was perhaps "practising to be a motivational speaker".
Button then did his cause no harm by qualifying third at Silverstone and finishing fourth in the race, missing out on his first podium in 15 attempts on home soil by just 0.8 seconds to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.
Asked whether Dennis' comments had any bearing on his future, Button replied: "Obviously they were headlines in the papers, understandably when you read it because you thought 'wow'.
"But knowing Ron as I do, he would have said it with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye. It always looks very different in writing.
"Ron is definitely onside, we are all working very well together, even though it might not come across like that reading his quotes.
"But we have a good understanding, and I'm not - as I shouldn't be - worried about my future in Formula One. I definitely shouldn't be thinking 'is someone going to sign me next year?'.
"I'm a world champion, I've won 15 grands prix, I'm at the top of my game - I personally feel right now - I've a really quick team-mate, which is pushing me on.
"I don't see why I wouldn't be here next year."
Button further insisted Dennis' words had no impact on what unfolded on track over the weekend, even if the McLaren Group CEO light-heartedly suggested as such.
"Definitely not," stated Button.
"We actually joked about it after qualifying. He said 'see, comments worked'. We had a laugh.
"I said 'stop it Ron' - as my dad would have said - 'that's enough now'.
"When you already give 100 per cent, words do not change anything - negative or positive.
"I go into a room before quali or a race to get my head in the right place, every race I do that.
"I don't want to do a bad job, I want to do the best job I possibly can. I want to beat my team-mate, to beat people we shouldn't be beating. That's what I live for in this sport.
"It's not about just driving round. That's not what I enjoy. I hate it when I have a bad race.
"I want to do the best job I can, and that will always be the case for me when I'm racing."