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Money not deciding factor in Jenson Button's future

By Staff Reporter

Jenson Button has dismissed suggestions he is chasing one final big pay-day, with the feeling of being wanted far more important than money as far as his future is concerned.

With Fernando Alonso due to be confirmed next week as a McLaren driver on a two-year deal, with the option of a third, the battle for the second seat comes down to a fight between the experience of Button or the youth of team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

Paddock sources have suggested whilst racing director Eric Boullier favours Button, Group CEO Ron Dennis prefers Magnussen, and it is the latter who will ultimately have the final call.

Button may be level with Magnussen when it comes to qualifying this year - nine - but he has scored almost double the Dane's number of points - 106 to 55 -proving his racecraft is superior.

As far as Button is concerned, whoever employs him next it will be because they have made it clear they want him on board.

He said: "Whether I'm racing here (McLaren) or somewhere else, I will do it because I love it.

"Naturally I still want to earn money. But you want to feel like you are wanted within a team.

"You want to feel like you are part of the family, and they want you to be part of the family, and that's more important than cash."

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