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I'm ready to do battle: Jenson Button

By Ian Parkes

Jenson Button has made it clear to McLaren boss Ron Dennis that he is not someone who shirks his responsibilities and always gives 100 per cent.

With Button's contract up at the end of the season, Dennis suggested the 2009 world champion should pull his finger out if he wanted a new deal.

The McLaren Group CEO appreciates the car driven by both Button and team-mate Kevin Magnussen this season is far from a race winner, in particular as McLaren are on their worst drought for 18 years.

That did not step Dennis, though, from telling Button to "try harder" because as an experienced and "highly paid Grand Prix driver" he should be leaving rookie Magnussen in his wake.

Ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, Button appeared far from enamoured when asked for his feelings with regards to Dennis's remarks.

"I think Ron's practising to be a motivational speaker, maybe," said the 34-year-old, now in his 15th season in Formula One.

Button then added: "You know when we're in the position we've been in for 18 months it is not easy.

"For everyone in the team it is very, very difficult.

"So, no. I think we all need to work harder as a team.

"We shouldn't be pointing the finger at any individual in the team.

"We've got ourselves into this situation and we have to fight our way out.

"I don't do things in half measures," said Button.

"I've the experience in Formula One to know you need to give 100 per cent, and I always do in the paddock, at the factory, on my phone to the engineers. Everything is 100 per cent."

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