Jenson Button has made the clearest indication yet that this weekends Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last Formula One race, despite officially only taking a sabbatical in 2017.
The British World Champion who has been driving in the sport since the year 2000 when he started his career at Williams, has made the clearest statement yet in the Thursday Drivers Press Conference that this weekend will be his last weekend driving a Formula One car.
He said, “Nothing’s changed. I’ve just gone into this last race thinking that it is my last. I don’t want to go into this race thinking that it’s not my last and it is my last. It is true that I have a contract for 2018 but at this moment in time I don’t want to be racing in 2018.
The options are open for Button, with him negotiating a contract with the now departed Ron Dennis to remain at the McLaren team for at least the next two seasons, “But the whole idea about having a contract was that in three months’ time, when I’ve eaten myself stupid and I’m thinking of things to do in the future and I feel like I need Formula One back in my life, but at this moment in time that isn’t the case.
“So this is my last race, that’s the way I think about it at the moment, but who knows that could change in six months, eight months, one year.”