Jenson Button has revealed that McLaren have activated a clause in his contract to drive for them for a further year, ending speculation he would not retained beyond the current World Championship.

The British driver currently occupies a lowly ninth in the Drivers' Championship race, and the time taken by the Surrey-based team to extend his deal has prompted suspicions that they would part company.   

Earlier this week, departing Ferrari man Felipe Massa claimed that McLaren have contacted him for talks regarding a possible deal next year.

The Brazilian's words suggested the team are not completely satisfied with their driver partnership of Button and Mexican Sergio Perez.

However Button has confirmed to SkySports F1 that he will be racing for McLaren in the 2014 season.

When quizzed on Thursday about whether the deal was any further to being finalised Button responded: "It's done, I'll be here next year."

The 33-year-old has won seven times for the McLaren team but has yet to win a World Championship during his four years.

His only title came whilst racing for Brawn GP in 2009.

His revelation coincides with the week where the future of his team-mate Perez appears to have been settled.

The Mexican, who is in his maiden season with McLaren, confirmed in an FIA press conference that he is set to stay with the team.

He said: "Everything is pretty much done.

"We have been having some discussions about the contract which is now done and we are just finalising the final documents, but I cannot give much detail about them."

Like Button, Perez has had a disappointing year so far in 2013, and the 23-year-old is still in search for his first Formula 1 victory.

However the pair's struggles have been caused by the surprising lack of pace in this year's MP4-28 car.

This hasn't stopped them being locked in bitter clashes during their first year together, with the British driver labelling Perez "too aggressive" after a wheel-to-wheel battle in Bahrain.


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