Jenson Button will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season, with Stoffel Vandoorne taking over his position at McLaren.
Button made his F1 debut with Williams in 2000 at a tender age of 20 with Williams, before joining Benetton/Renault and later BAR/Honda. He spent much of his career with the Japanese manufacturer, claiming his first win in Hungary in 2005. However, his remaining years were rather lean as Honda’s form dipped during the latter part of 2000s.
A late takeover of Honda by Ross Brawn paved way to a fairytale title for Button in 2009, following which he moved to McLaren and established himself as an A-figure in grand prix racing.
He will continue to his association with McLaren next year in the role of an ambassador, with the Woking-based squad having an option to bring him back to the racing seat in 2018.
His retirement allows Vandoorne to make a much-delayed full-time debut in Formula 1, having proved himself worthy of a race seat with a dominant GP2 season in 2015.
by Rachit Thukral