Jenson Button has dismissed suggestions he is chasing one final big pay-day, with the feeling of being wanted and a love of the sport far more important than money as far as his future is concerned.
With Fernando Alonso due to be confirmed next week as a McLaren driver on a two-year deal, with the option of a third, the battle for the second seat comes down to a straight fight between the experience of Button or the youth of team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
Paddock sources have suggested whilst racing director Eric Boullier favours Button, Group CEO Ron Dennis prefers Magnussen, and it is the latter who will ultimately have the final call.
Button, though, did his cause no harm with a stunning performance over the course of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, qualifying fifth and finishing fourth.
The veteran 34-year-old may be level with Magnussen when it comes to qualifying - nine apiece - but he has scored almost double the Dane's number of points - 106 to 55 - proving his racecraft is superior.
With Honda due to return as power-unit suppliers, the suggestion is Button's greater experience, in tandem with Alonso, would provide McLaren with a more solid platform on which to build.
Dennis, though, sees Magnussen as a world champion in the making, which he claimed following the rookie's superb debut in Australia at the start of the year when he was second.
As far as Button is concerned, whoever employs him next it will be because they have made it clear they want him on board, with money "not the issue in any way, shape or form".
In a clear hint to Dennis and McLaren, Button added: "Whether I'm racing here or somewhere else, I will do it because I love it.
"Naturally I still want to earn money because I feel I have achieved and I feel I should get paid for what I do in an F1 car or a racing car, and for what I bring to a team.
"But I'm not a driver that takes the piss, and I will race somewhere even I'm if not getting the big bucks like a few drivers who are out there.
"You should get what you deserve. I feel I bring a lot to a team, not just in terms of results, but in terms of marketing within a team and working with sponsors, and how I can help develop a car.
"You want to feel like you are wanted within a team and part of the family."