It was half expected after Button announced he was leaving the cockpit of the McLaren for 2017 even though many fans wouldn’t want to believe it, but Button has confirmed officially that the upcoming race weekend in Abu Dhabi will be his final race in Formula One.
The 2009 World Champion heads to Yas Marina with the hopes of scoring some solid points as the curtain closes on his lengthy Formula One career. Button 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.
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. The whole point of this [contract for 2018] was if, in three months’ time, I had eaten myself stupid and I changed my mind.
But I don’t want to go into this race thinking it’s not my last race – and it is.
“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.
I will definitely step away from F1 happy with what I’ve achieved and definitely my life starts now.”
– Jenson Button
The announcement allows the press and the F1 following to say farewell to Jenson Button properly and he will surely be involved with sport from afar. He will go down in Formula One folklore for his part in the incredible Brawn GP season of 2009, the British driver has picked up 14 Formula victories and 50-podiums along the way.