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Jenson Button says time is not right to resolve McLaren future

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McLaren driver Jenson Button admitted there has been no progress on a new contract with the team, but he does see his future there.

Button is now in his fifth season with McLaren since leaving the Brawn GP team at the end of 2009, but he has revealed that he hasn't yet agreed to sign a new deal.

The 34-year-old said in Thursday's press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix: "No progress. But that is the way it is.

"We have spent four good years together already, we are in our fifth year together and we both want to work together in the future, but it is just not the right time [to talk about contracts]."

Button feels it is more important to focus on the development of the McLaren car before looking to organise discussions over deals for next year just yet.

"We have a lot of other issues to solve first before we start to think about the future too much."

But Button is still certainly hungry enough to continue for now and is excited about the opportunities ahead and is keen to stay with McLaren.

"I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever, and I have all that experience. 

"I am in a great position, I have a lot more to give in the future in F1.

"I definitely cannot see an end to my career. This is where I want to be in my future."

It has been a difficult season for Button and the McLaren. After a fantastic start to the campaign with a podium for both Button and his rookie team-mate Kevin Magnussen in Melbourne, the MP4-29 has not lived up to the expectations set.

There have been no champagne celebrations since that race and both drivers have struggled to accumulate as many points as they would have liked. Button finds himself eighth in the drivers' standings after six races with 31 points while Magnussen has ten points fewer.

It is not the form expected of a team with 182 race victories, eight constructors' titles and twelve drivers championships. And they look hard set to improve on their finish of fifth place from 2013.

However it is hard to point the blame towards the driver line-up for the poor results. Jenson Button is proven Formula One driver and of course is the 2009 world champion. As a rookie, it is tough for Magnussen, but there can be no doubting the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 champions ability. 

The car is simply not where they would like it to be, but there are signs of development and progress from the Woking-based team. There is also the arrival of the Honda engine for 2015 which is something to be excited about.

Heading to Canada this weekend, McLaren will be hoping for a similar result to last time out in Monaco where the team were able to bring home both drivers in the points, with Button finishing sixth and Magnussen in tenth.

The Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Canada is a track which Jenson has won at previously for McLaren. A drama-filled race in 2011 provided Button with one of his seven wins for the team, after starting from seventh on the grid.

It would take something special to repeat that result this weekend but a respectable points finish and to close the gap to the podium will be the more realistic aims.

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