Jenson Button says he wants to be at McLaren until at least 2015 so he can team up with Honda again when the Japanese company returns as engine partners to the former Formula One world champions.

The 2009 champion still does not have a signed contract for next year, although both sides have made clear they want to continue together and Button has said he intends to see out his Formula One career there.

Talks have focused on the length of the extension, with Button thinking well beyond next year, when McLaren will still be powered by Mercedes and a new V6 engine is introduced in a major shake-up of the rules.

“I want to be here in 2015. That is an important year, I think,” the 33-year-old said ahead of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, at which the team will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding by New Zealander Bruce McLaren.

“I’ve worked for many years with that Japanese engine manufacturer, it will be exciting to work with them again in the future.”

Button spent six years in Honda-|powered cars, first with the BAR outfit that became the Honda team, and secured his first victory in Formula One with them in Hungary in 2006.

McLaren were at their most dominant with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in Honda-powered cars in 1988 and 1989.

The Monaco-based Button has a Japanese girlfriend and regards Tokyo as a home from home.

Although he has been linked in media speculation to Ferrari, where Brazilian Felipe Massa’s place is under renewed scrutiny, Button left no doubt that his loyalties were firmly with McLaren despite a tough season.

The team have finished no higher than fifth in 11 races so far and a podium place, let alone a victory, looks a tall order even if it cannot be ruled out. “I am loyal. In the past sometimes I haven’t been,” agreed the Briton. “I think if you are with a smaller team that you can’t see a future with, it’s the right thing to always look for something better. But when you are with a team like this with the future that this team has, this is a very exciting opportunity for any driver.

“I know that Red Bull have had a great run for the last few years but it will stop,” added Button. “I think when you are in a top team, any of the three or four top teams, it’s better to stay put for the near future. But especially for me because I really do feel happy here.”

Button, who will be the second oldest driver in the sport next season after Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen, expected McLaren to come back strongly in 2014.

“I am really excited about 2015 but first of all we’ve got to look to next year and I think we can win the world championship next year with Mercedes-Benz,” he said.

“There’s still a very good partnership there with them and it will be nice to go out on a high.”

Button has finished second three times at Monza but that sort of result can hardly be hoped for now and in any case a podium finish would not redeem the season for a team more used to winning.

Despite that, the Briton has not completely ruled out a return to the most hostile podium in the sport this weekend, with the partisan and passionate Monza crowd regularly booing those who are not wearing Ferrari red.

“It can happen. But we need wet weather, we need everything on our side to make it happen. We are not quick enough, our outright speed is not there,” he said.

“You have those three teams ( Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari) that are still fighting for the world championship, they are going to be pushing all the way to the end of the season whereas for us we’re concentrating more on next year’s car.

“There are parts that will be on this year’s car that will also help us next year but we are not designing certain parts for this year’s car that will be useless next year. We are limiting how much we will move forward this season.”

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ENP Newswire – 06 September 2013

Release date- 05092013 – At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, from the middle of September, Porsche fans can discover the latest vehicles emerging from Zuffenhausen and Leipzig.

Among the cars featured, the models from Porsche this year are as sought-after as never before: In just eight months, the sports car manufacturer has already delivered more than 106,000 vehicles to its customers all over the world – an increase of 15 per cent compared with the same period last year. Among the vehicles Porsche is presenting at its stand (hall 3.0, stand A12) will be the limited-edition ’50 years of the Porsche 911′ model and the latest-generation 911 Turbo. Porsche will also be unveiling its sports car of the future, in the shape of the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid.

‘At Porsche, ‘fascination sports car’ is always a key consideration. The 918 Spyder and the Panamera S E-Hybrid are masterpieces of engineering and the perfect embodiment of the Engineered by Porsche philosophy’, says Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. ‘We firmly believe that efficient sports cars are in keeping with the times and still have a great future ahead of them. Porsche plug-in hybrid technology will demonstrate, in the coming years, the intelligent synthesis of performance and sustainability.’

This year so far has seen Porsche sell considerably more vehicles worldwide. In addition to the Cayenne, which has been delivered to more than 55,000 customers, the iconic 911 sports car is also very much in demand, with around 20,000 models being sold. ‘The deliveries made to customers in August show that we are on a solid course’, says Maier. ‘Despite the difficult economic climate, we are continuing on the road to success with our attractive model range.’

In the USA in particular, the 911, Boxster/Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera model lines proved very popular, with around 28,500 models being delivered – a quarter more than in the same period the previous year. China retains second place when it comes to Porsche sales: More than 24,500 new cars were delivered to customers in China, 17 per cent more than between January and August last year.

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The Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. (OTCQB: XTRN), known as the Vegas X Train, announces today their agreement with Today in Las Vegas, who will be publishing the luxury train service’s onboard magazine.
The publication is planned to be a bi-weekly piece sharing content relevant to Today in Las Vegas readers and X Train passenger interests.
It also serves downtown Las Vegas and is circulated by inns and motels, among tour operators, at convention and visitor centers as well as local restaurants, shops and rental car companies.

Sept. 06–Metro Police detectives are searching for two suspects in a hotel robbery on the north end of the Strip.
On Aug. 28, a man and woman tied up a person in a hotel room in the 2900 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South and escaped with the victim’s belongings, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metro Police Tourist Crimes Unit at (702) 828-3204 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or online at crimestoppersofnv.com.

Sept. 06–Las Vegas lawyer Gerry Zobrist, who pleaded guilty in January to his involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme that cost lenders $30 million, has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison, Nevada’s U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bodgen announced today.
Zobrist pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.
According to a plea agreement, Zobrist and unidentified co-conspirators solicited and paid people with good credit ratings to serve as straw buyers to purchase homes in the Las Vegas area from about June 2006 to May 2008.

Sept. 06–A small subsidiary of the world’s fourth largest airline will add two nonstop round trips a week between Zurich, Switzerland, and Las Vegas next year, the company announced today.
Edelweiss Air will become the 16th international air carrier serving McCarran International Airport when it begins service on May 5.
It is a leisure travel-centered carrier owned by Swiss International Air Lines, a subsidiary of Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa.

Kick off Football Season in the Heart of the Action at the Best Sports Book and Bar in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, NV — (Marketwired) — 09/06/13 — Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas scores a touchdown every football season with its incredible atmosphere paired with delicious cuisine created by Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse.
Named “Best Sports Lounge” by Vegas Seven, “Best Sports Bar” by Las Vegas Review-Journal and one of the “Top Sports Bars in Las Vegas” by Yahoo!
The following “team-inspired menu” specials will be offered this season and reservations can be made by calling Lagasse’s Stadium at 702.607.2665.

Sept. 06–One of the area’s best local fighters will be included on the UFC’s rapidly filling 20th anniversary card.
Lightweight Evan Dunham (14-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) returns to the octagon against fellow veteran Donald Cerrone (21-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, according to UFC officials.
Both Dunham and Cerrone are looking to re-establish themselves as contenders in the 155-pound division after recent losses to the same man — Rafael dos Anjos.

Sept. 06–Two men accused of strangling and beating a homeless man to death, stuffing his body into his own suitcase and dumping it inside a trash bin have been arrested in California, prosecutors said today.
Emilio Arenas, 43, and Peyton Hemingway, 37, were arrested late last month in connection with the slaying of Carl Simon, 50, whose body was discovered on Aug. 12 in an east Las Vegas Valley dumpster.
Witnesses told police that several days before his body was discovered, Arenas and Hemingway had beaten the victim inside his temporary home because they suspected that Simon took money intended for drugs.

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