Jenson Button could be set to sign a three-year extension to his McLaren contract as F1's 'silly-season' starts to take shape.
With the announcement of Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull on a three-year deal all the attention will now move to the second seat at Ferrari where Felipe Massa is hoping to stay.
One man that was linked to that seat was McLaren's Jenson Button, who had earlier counted himself in the running after it was revealed McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has not taken up an option in his current contract, but now the Briton looks as if he will commit his future to McLaren.
"Why should I change?" 33-year-old Button is quoted by Motorsport as saying.
Though specifically on the subject of the three-year extension he said: "(I will stay) as long as I feel competitive."
Though he didn't completely rule out a move to Ferrari when asked: "I should say 'never say never', as all the drivers do.
"I don't like to predict the future," he is quoted by Italy's La Repubblica, "and Ferrari is legendary, but so too is McLaren."
With Mark Webber retiring after this year it will make Button, who is currently in his 14th season, the oldest man on the F1 grid, but that, he claims, does not bother him.
"No, because age is not important, what is important is whether you're losing your speed or your reflexes or your reaction time.
"We do all of those tests and if anything I am improving, not to mention that I have more experience and strategic intelligence."
As for Massa himself he believes his chances of staying at Ferrari for another year are better now than they were at this point last season.
"The situation last year was worse than this year," he told Brazil's Totalrace, "because my performance (in 2012) was well below what I could do.
"So it was much more difficult. This year, I have had a good performance in almost every race."
Massa, who is currently 84 points behind team-mate Fernando Alonso believes only luck and a few bad results are all that have cost him this year.
"Many things have happened," he repeated, "but if they had not, the championship would look very different because of the points that I should have.
"Now we just have to end these problems and put things in place for the second half of the season," added Massa.
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