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2014-08-28 11:22

END OF DAYS? McLaren's Jenson Button says he might have to unwillingly retire at the end of the 2014 season. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Jenson Button has admitted for the first time that he might be forced to "retire" at the end of the 2014 racing season.

As McLaren and Honda look ahead to a new works partnership in 2015 it has become clear that the UK-based team is hoping to sign a truly top driver.

Disgruntled Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have been linked with the seat; so has Ferrari's frustrated Fernando Alonso.

'MORE TO GIVE'

Britain's The Telegraph newspaper claimed the Spaniard could make an enormous equivalent of R340-million with McLaren, Honda and his sponsor Santander pitching in.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas and the Eric Boullier-linked Romain Grosjean are also believed to have been considered by McLaren so, while the situation remains unclear, the future of 15-year F1 veteran Button is in the balance.

"We haven't sat down and talked about it," the 34-year-old Briton and 2009 F1 champion told the BBC. "If I have to retire at the end of the season then so be it but I feel I have so much more to give.

"I can't imagine life without motorsport - especially F1."

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