Jenson Button dismissed concerns about his McLaren future after Lewis Hamilton was linked with a return to the Woking outfit.

"I don't know why they wouldn't take me for next year," said the 34-year-old to reporters ahead of his home race at Silverstone.

"I think it's just the way it is for a big team, so we will leave it to the last moment to make a decision or to talk about contracts.

"It's not necessary to talk about it right now because we've other things to focus on, like making the car quicker.

"So we haven't spoken about it, and it's not something I've pushed for.

"I'm sure if I did push to sit down and talk about it we would, but I'm not doing that because when it happens it happens.

"This team need to score good points and I score good points for this team."

Button and McLaren have struggled since a two-three finish in the first race of the season in Australia.

Despite claims that they would be competitive after a poor 2013, McLaren have not made the gains others have. Ron Dennis has returned as team principal in place of Martin Whitmarsh, and Eric Boullier moved from Renault to become Racing Director.

The Frenchman refused to commit to a new contract for Button. 

"I cannot say yes and I cannot say now," he said during a McLaren Mercedes phone-in, adding the he is "evaluating and assessing every strategy for the future."

Boullier's comments were soon followed by McLaren CEO Ron Dennis urging Button to "try harder."

He told Sky Sports F1: "Do I want him to try harder? Of course I do.

"He is a highly paid grand prix driver, and yes we are not giving him the best car, yes it would be challenging for him to win in this car to say the least, but he could do his bit, and Kevin's got to make it as difficult for him as possible."

 

Button will be hoping for a good performance at his home Grand Prix on Sunday but more alarmingly is the sight of his rookie team mate,Dane Kevin Magnussen finishing ahead of the Brit. Button may want to end McLaren’s record 27 races-without-a-win but even he is realistic with his chances.

 

“I wantto be the guy that wins this weekend, but realistically that is not going to happen.”

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