Owner of Haas Racing, Gene Haas, has stated that he would like to wait for the silly season to settle before deciding which drivers he will recruit for next season. This year's silly season has been relatively calm on the driver's side so far, and only a handfull of drivers remains in the unkown as to whether they will get a contract for next year or not, and a couple of them is believed to be linked with a potential move to Haas. However, current McLaren driver Jenson Button told motorsport.com that he is not interested in the new outfit.
"If I'm in F1 it will be with this team (McLaren)," he said when asked by Motorsport.com. "I've had some tough times with this team, but I've got a lot of respect for the whole team and for Honda. I think this team is the team for the future. I don't think there's any point in looking at a smaller, younger start-up programme."
Button also thinks McLaren should be excused for their current lack of pace, as he thinks the collaboration between Honda and the philosophy of McLaren's current car, the MP4-30, is very different from previous cars.
"To be fair to this team it's very young still in terms of our relationship with Honda, and the powerplant itself, and also the direction of the aerodynamics, with 'Prod' (Peter Prodromou) it's completely different to every other McLaren, so that's young as well."
Asked about when an announcement about his status will be made, Button answered:
"I said the next couple of weeks at the last race, and I was wrong. I think the next couple of weeks... So by the end of the month, definitely."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing