Jenson Button declined to end speculation on his plans for 2016 during today’s FIA press conference in Japan but told reporters “I’ll be happy next year.”
Following last week’s race in Singapore Button spoke of how he wasn’t taking the same “joy” from F1 that he used.
“I don’t think any driver has joy when not fighting for victories,” Button explained when asked about the quote today. “It is the challenge of fighting at the front and the possibility of fighting at the front.”
“I don’t like finishing 14th or finishing 10th, that is not what gives me joy or excites me, but there are so many things that if they work in your favour or you see a future, then there is the possibility of joy coming back.
“After the Singapore GP I wasn’t joyful.”
Button said he has “many possibilities” for next season but told the media “I can’t give you anything else since the last race.”
“There is no more information to give you – you are going to have to wait a bit. We are in good talks, the team and myself. That is it.”
“We are here to concentrate on this weekend,” he added, “it is a big weekend, McLaren-Honda in front of Honda’s home circuit, we hope we have a good weekend.”
Button has been linked to a potential move to the World Endurance Championship but he denied he might tackle part of that championship alongside a full F1 campaign, as Nico Hulkenberg has done this year.
“I’ve never thought about doing both,” he said. “I think with a 22-race F1 calendar you’re going to be very limited on weekends. And sometimes it’s nice to have a weekend off from motor racing, so I can’t see that happening.”
“Maybe Nico’s going to be doing the same thing again next year but I think for every other driver it’s going to be a super-busy calendar if that is the case, we have that many races. I don’t think it’ll work – for me it wouldn’t work.”
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