BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren prepares to drive during practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring on July 26, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary.

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made it clear Thursday that he does not have a contract with for 2014 – but insisted that he fully intends to stay on.

Button has an option to continue, but when asked about it he indicated that he didn’t know why there had yet to be confirmation that it will be taken up.

“I think I have a contract for next year, but I don’t think it’s got a signature on it yet,” Button said. “I really want to be here next year. You might think that’s strange after this season, but I think this season is good for us in a way. We’ll be a much stronger team this year. But as you say, you haven’t heard the confirmation of that yet from the team. I think you’ll have to wait for that.”

Asked by Fox Sports if the real attraction was the arrival of Honda in 2015, he said, “Yeah, there’s a lot about this team in the future that appeals to me. It’s very exciting, (there are) new challenges…I’m excited about next year. You’ve got the initial challenges of the engine and trying to understand the car, and aerodynamics, and the power unit.

“If you put the time and the effort in, I think it can make a big difference this winter, understanding the car and the tyres. It’s something I’m pretty good at, so hopefully it will make the difference next year.”

Meanwhile, he made some interesting observations about other potentially available seats.

“I think is done,” he said. “I think the seat is a great opportunity for any driver in . To get the opportunity to race for a team like is very exciting, what they’ve achieved, the passion within the team, the culture is very interesting. Hopefully someone that deserves it will get the drive.”

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