But­ton won’t quit while he’s still on a win­ner

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JEN­SON BUT­TON ad­mits he can’t even be­gin to think of re­tir­ing – be­cause he’s en­joy­ing his rac­ing so much.

At the age of 32, with 212 grands prix be­hind him, and at the start of a new two-year con­tract with Mclaren, life could not be sweeter for But­ton. But the 2009 world cham­pion

is de­ter­mined to achieve even more suc­cess in the fast lane.

Early signs point to the Mclaren car be­ing a strong ti­tle con­tender and, af­ter win­ning the sea­sonopener in Australia, But­ton said: “Driv­ing a good car al­ways helps.

“When you’re able to fight for vic­to­ries it makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence, in par­tic­u­lar af­ter you’ve been rac­ing for 12 to 13 years in the sport.

“Be­cause I’m rac­ing for Mclaren, it’s a team that has achieved so much in its ca­reer in For­mula One.

“Even if we have an un­com­pet­i­tive car, you still be­lieve that in the fu­ture you will get a com­pet­i­tive car.

“You don’t think ‘Well, I’ve had some great times, it is time to leave’.

“You still feel strongly about build­ing up the team and fight­ing for a world cham­pi­onship again.

“If we get a bad car over the next cou­ple of years it’s not go­ing to make me think ‘It’s time to give up now’.

“I’ll still have fight in me and I’ll want to get back to win­ning ways.

“But right now, I can’t see a time when I might stop.”

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