Dennis insists Button will stay in 2016

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McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis is adamant Jenson Button’s stay at Woking will extend beyond the current 2015 season.

The 2009 world champion had to wait until early December last year before being confirmed alongside Fernando Alonso, as senior management dilly-dallied to choose between him and former team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

McLaren-Honda has experienced an extremely challenging first half to its 2015 campaign, but Button managed to pick up the renewed partnership’s maiden points with a strong drive to eighth at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Besides Magnussen, the British team also has current GP2 Series points leader Stoffel Vandoorne on its books. The Belgian top prospect recently said he “felt ready for Formula One” and was “in regular talks” with Dennis and racing director Eric Boullier about his future.

However, the McLaren boss insists changing the squad’s driver line-up is the least of his priorities.

“Jenson Button has a two-year contract with McLaren,” Dennis told Sky Sports. “We are not even thinking about drivers at the moment. Both of them are doing an amazing job.”

“It would be very, very easy for both of them to be critical of McLaren - and they are not.”

Dennis’ comments about Button’s situation comes after he claimed team-mate Alonso had a “straight three-year contract with us, with no options”.

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