Jenson Button has announced he expects to be retiring from competitive formula one this weekend. The 36-year old was due to take a break next season with him having an option for 2018 with McLaren.
Speaking to the press he 36-year-old Briton said: “I go into this weekend thinking it’s going to be my last race. I think that’s the best way. At this moment in time, I don’t want to be racing in F1 beyond this year.”
Only two months ago Button was insisting that he wasn’t retiring from the sport but taking a break. But now he looks to have changed his tone saying he doesn’t want to return after this year to a race seat in F1. Button has been in the sport for sixteen years.
During his career he has race for Williams, Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn and McLaren. Button was urged not to retire by ousted McLaren chairman Ron Dennis who stated that, he would be training harder than ever with a view to lining up on the grid again.
But asked by Sky Sports whether if McLaren exercised their 2018 option on him he would come back, he replied: “Not neccessarily.”
Button told BBC News that It had been a long journey since he was eight years old until now. “You get to Formula 1 with many dreams and hopefully you leave the sport with memories – some amazing memories, some life-changing, some good, some bad. To walk away with the world championship is very special, too.
Yesterday F1’s Vault editor wrote that he thought that sadly as much as we would like to see one of the gents of the paddock back its unlikely. Something that F1 Vault’s Analyst Jason Fluher agreed with.
Fluher says that Button was “One of the sports greatest is calling the curtain on his f1 driving career this weekend at Abu Dhabi the world of F1 will miss him all however could be said to be called a sabbatical.”
But says there could be “option for button to race once again in Formula One but seeing how there’s next to no compition beneath Red Bull and Mercedes…Because the odds of button rejoining the grid for McLaren in 2018 are slender.”
“because of and upcoming stat stoffel vandoorne who has scored points in his one and only race on formula one so sadly this is more than likely Jensons final year in formula one