McLaren deny latest reports that Button will be dropped

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McLaren have denied reports in a Spanish newspaper that they will drop Jenson Button at the end of the 2014 campaign.

Rumours have been rife this season that Button will be ditched, with Fernando Alonso seen as favourite to take his seat.

And last weekend Spain's Marca newspaper reported that team boss Ron Dennis has already told Button that his contract will not be renewed. The paper said that the decision "is not official, but it will be soon."

However McLaren continue to insist that no choices have been made regarding their 2015 line-up, telling reporters at Silverstone that Marca's claims are "complete and utter rubbish."

Button scored an excellent fourth-place finish in yesterday's British Grand Prix, narrowly missing out on what would have been an emotional maiden podium at the Silverstone circuit. He currently sits eighth in the World Championship, 20 points clear of team-mate Kevin Magnussen.

“At the end, I crossed the line only 0.9s behind Daniel [Ricciardo]; if there’d been just one more lap, I think I could have made it past," he later reflected.

“I got so close to a podium finish – and I think it would’ve been so great for the fans to see Lewis and me up there together. I’m sorry it didn’t quite happen, but I want to say a big thank-you to all the fans, and to my family, and last but not least to the entire McLaren team – everyone has been so supportive this weekend."

And Button was positive about building for the long term with his current employers.

“Looking to the future, although today has seen us take another step forward, it’s apparent that we still have a lot of work to: for example, even though Williams started behind us [on the grid], they still beat us today.

“Nonetheless, we’re certainly not giving up. On the contrary, it’s important that we continue to work hard to develop this car, so as to score as many world championship points as we can this year and learn as much as we can for next year.”