2009 world champion Jenson Button declared on Thursday that Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last race in the sport.
The Brit, who has raced in more than 300 grands prix and won the 2009 World title with Brawn GP, had already announced he will take up an ambassadorial role with his current team McLaren 2017.
“I go into this weekend thinking it’s my last race,” Button said at the press conference ahead of the race.
“At this moment in time I don’t want to be racing in F1 beyond this race.”
McLaren previously announced that highly rated reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will replace Button as Fernando Alonso’s partner in 2017.
“It is true that I have a contract in 2018, but at this moment in time I am not going to be racing in 2018,” Button added.
“The whole point of this (contract) was if in three months’ time I had eaten myself stupid and I changed my mind.”