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Published: 17:07 | 25/3/16

'No reason to stop' for Button

Veteran remains happy with F1 life

Jenson Button says that he is not aware of a reason for him to cease driving in Formula 1.

The 36-year-old McLaren driver has been competing in the top series of open-wheel racing since 2000.

Currently teammate to fellow veteran Fernando Alonso, Button continues to impress.

"I'd be surprised if the 18 or 19-year-olds who come into the sport now could have a 17-year long career in the sport, because the world has changed," the Englishman told Sky Sports.

"I think that's where I've been lucky – I've been able to grow over the years, not just into a good racing driver but the full package that you need to succeed in the sport.

"It's the same with Fernando. It's why we've been around for so long and why teams still want us to race for them, even though we're old at 35 and 36 (respectively).

"The important thing is to stay on top of your fitness and stay on top of every aspect – then there's no reason to stop."

Button stressed the importance of having two personas - one for on the track and one for off it.

"If you can't be a different person out of the car, that's a weakness," asserted the 2009 world champion.

"I personally feel that when you get in the car, you are a certain type of person. You give it your all, you give it your maximum, and I feel that there's no-one better than me at doing that through a race weekend.

"When you're out of the car, you have to be a different personality or else the sponsors don't want to work with you, the partners don't want to work with you and your career is very short, however good you are on the track.

"You need to be the full package, and that's something you work over time and that's something the new kids will have to learn very quickly with the way this business is.

"It's not the easiest place to find sponsors and partners in the sport for teams. They need drivers that are not only quick on the circuit but are publicly very good, very confident, and someone they can relate to."

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