With the departure of Mark Webber from the Formula One grid, Jenson Button now ranks as one of the oldest drivers in the series. Turning 34 this month, he's mere months younger than Kimi Raikkonen, but has spent more seasons racing in F1 than the elder Finn. As such, Button is nearing the end of his viable time in the sport – but just when will he retire, and what will he do next?

With a season-by-season contract, Button's future is anything but certain. McLaren could opt to re-sign him at the end of the 2014 season or not. Having driven for Honda for several seasons, the Japanese manufacturer that's set to power McLaren from 2015 onwards is said to favor keeping Button on board, but nothing's certain at this point.

If and when McLaren shows him the door, Button's likely to try and find a seat with another team – championship contender or otherwise. But Autosport reports that Jenson isn't likely to follow his longtime rival Webber to Le Mans. Even behind the wheel of a front-running LMP1, the prospect of racing on a track with slower vehicles doesn't entice the 2009 World Champion to switch disciplines.

Button is keen to keep racing for as long as he can. The only questions are how many good F1 seasons he has left in him – he dropped form second in the 2011 standings to fifth in 2012 and ninth in 2013 – and where he would go after that.


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      JGuan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Would love to see him drive a Honda again.
      foobar
      • 11 Months Ago
      The thing with Button is that he's a smooth driver. He is only as fast as the car under him. He can't drive the wheels off the car like Alonso or Raikonen. His future is as far as what's available under him.
        Sean Thompson
        • 11 Months Ago
        @foobar
        It's a shame that Jensen doesn't want to go on and continue his career in endurance racing. On paper, he's ideally suited to it. As you said, he is an incredibly smooth and consistent driver ("Dr. Smooth") not unlike Alain Prost from a generation before him. He is fast without being reckless and makes precious few mistakes.
      Justin B.
      • 11 Months Ago
      The last thing McLaren needs right now is an entirely new driver lineup.
      The Law
      • 11 Months Ago
      What's next is a finger pointing at the door followed by retirement.
      Mike Hunt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Let's see.....maybe have a son named Benjamin?
      Phlegming Liberal
      • 11 Months Ago
      What's next is he should marry Jessica and make lots of attractive babies that'll either be super models or race car drivers.
      JanP
      • 11 Months Ago
      Button has said many times that he does not intend to become another Jarno Trulli. By this he meant that he doesn't have an intention to race in the back of grid in uncompetitive cars just for the sake of racing in the back. If he stays true to his words, then it's likely that he will finish his career with McLaren. It's hard to speculate when McLaren will choose to replace Button. Everything will depend on the available candidates and circumstances. Button has proven himself to be a very fast driver, so if he continues good work, I think we could see him in 2015 again.