Button rubbishes Lauda's claims

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Jenson Button has denied telling Niki Lauda that he did not want to retire from Formula 1, amid ongoing speculation about his future.

The former world champion is in talks with his McLaren bosses about a deal for next year, with his team having an option on his services for 2016.

Uncertainty about Button's situation, and the ongoing frustrations of the campaign with Honda, have prompted suggestions that he could retire at the end of the year.

Although Button insists that nothing has been finalised, he has made it clear that comments from Lauda about his situation were wide of the mark.

Lauda had told the BBC: "I said to Jenson yesterday, fight your fight with Ron Dennis over money, because it is always the same.

"But then stay, because if you go, one of the last quick guys has gone. What is the best combination to make the car go fast and develop the engine? It is those two guys. Put a young guy in the car and the engine does not go faster.

"In the end, Jenson and Ron are clever enough to get it together. Jenson said to me yesterday he wants to drive there and he doesn't want to retire."

Lauda wrong

Button said that both of Lauda's claims were incorrect, that he had not told him he wanted to race on, and that salary was a stumbling block.

"The second one [on money] is not true," explained Button. "The first one, we spoke as I was going for a pee and I never understand him anyway. I think I just said 'yes' being friendly.

"We didn't have a conversation as such. It is nice he has gone to the media and said that though."

When asked if there was any further development regarding his future, Button said: "Nothing has changed after my comments from yesterday."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button
Teams McLaren
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