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Button set to retire from Formula 1

Button set to retire from Formula 1

Button set to retire from Formula 1

Jenson Button is preparing to announce his decision to end his sixteen-year F1 career, according to multiple British reports on Monday.

With McLaren’s contract option on the British driver for 2016 set to expire at the end of September, and the parties rumoured to have been bickering over a scheduled pay increase, 35-year-old Button is said to have decided to take the decision into his own hands.

He has resolved to “bow out on his terms after another season in an uncompetitive car”, said Daniel Johnson, correspondent for the Telegraph.

The reports said Button, the 2009 world champion who also drove for Williams, Benetton and Honda, has selected this weekend’s Japanese grand prix as the scene of his announcement due to his affinity for the country.

Writing in the Times, Kevin Eason said McLaren supremo Ron Dennis wanted Button to stay beyond 2016 but has “accepted his driver’s decision”.

Button will almost certainly be replaced by either McLaren reserve Kevin Magnussen, or fellow team junior Stoffel Vandoorne, who is dominating the GP2 championship.

15-time grand prix winner Button has been linked with a move to Le Mans endurance racing as well as television broadcasting, such as F1 commentary or presenting on the BBC programme Top Gear.


1 Comment
  • stammer

    Dennis is a complete moron. Jenson is going because of the massive lack of regard and respect Dennis has for him. They made Button look like an idiot last year and he won’t stand for it again. Basically, they can’t afford him and too right too. They have preyed on his loyalty too long. If he was a Williams or Ferrari driver he would be there until he was 40. Massive asset to F1 and McLaren lost by a buffoon who has failed dismally to attract a single sponsor to the team since he returned. I would be surprised if Alonso doesn’t follow him out the door. I believe the only thing that could change his mind is Renault offering him a long-term deal. Whatever he does, he will do it well and if it’s WEC, he’ll win it first time out. He’ll always be my favourite F1 driver come rain or shine.

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