Jenson Button has laughed at reports linking him with a move to Ferrari in 2012.
The speculation was triggered by the British driver’s protracted talks with McLaren over next year and beyond, and spurred on last week by a report in the Brazilian press.
It is said Button wants to be contractually free at the end of next year so as to be available when Felipe Massa comes out of contract – leading some to link the British driver with the Ferrari team.
“It’s hilarious because it’s not true,” Brazil’s Globo Esporte quotes the 2009 world champion as saying.
“I don’t know who put it out but it wasn’t us and it wasn’t Ferrari,” said Button.
The Briton admitted that the rumours are only gaining wings because of his lengthy talks with McLaren.
“Hopefully it will be sorted out as soon as possible. I hope it is anyway because I don’t want to be talking about it for too long and I don’t want to leave people hanging,” Button is quoted by PA Sport.
“I actually don’t mind being asked about it (the Ferrari story) because I find it quite fun,” he smiled.
At Ferrari, meanwhile, Brazilian Massa said he is determined to stay beyond next year.
“I have a contract until the end of 2012 and after that we’ll see,” he told the Singapore newspaper Today. “I hope to stay here a long time.”