The future of F1 driver Jenson Button is once again subject to speculation and rumor, this time in regards to where he will be this time next year.
Towards the end of the 2014/15 season F1 fans were unsure as to whether or not Button would be staying in Formula One, or if he would be moving on from the sport as his contract was up at McLaren.
This speculation dragged on for months, even past the end of the season. However it was finally put to bed when McLaren announced that Jenson would be the driver partnering the returning Fernando Alonso for the 2015/16 season, and Honda's first year back in the sport.
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Season So Far
So far this year hasn't been great for the rekindled relationship between McLaren and Honda. They have struggled to make it to the end of multiple Grand Prix's as well as only scoring a handful of points all season.
Both drivers have shown their frustration with the team's slow progress at times throughout the season, something that is extremely uncharacteristic from Button in particular.
This, of course, has caused rumors to rum rampant about the team's all star lineup.
Will Button be here next year?
In a recent interview with Martin Brundle, McLaren Team Principal Ron Dennis admitted that Button's contract was two year's long however the second year of the deal is an option on the side of the team.
Of course this comment created a media storm, which Button himself didn't help to tame at his Triathlon event, when he too stated that staying at McLaren next year was not a given and that there were many options elsewhere.
With that last comment it is unclear whether Button was talking about multiple options within Formula One, to keep driving or moving on to something different, however this seems like something we will find more out about towards the end of the season.
If Button is to be replaced at McLaren it is likely to be one of their young stars Kevin Magnussen or Stoffel Vandoorne, bringing some youth into the partnership, as McLaren are currently fielding the oldest driver lineup of the entire grid.