Why Jenson Button’s motorsport journey is far from over

He’s now a team co-owner, but as 2009 world champion Jenson Button tells Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview, his passion for driving is undiminished, with ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours – and one day drive for his own team – a key ambition.

Four years have passed since the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race that is widely remembered for Max Verstappen’s charge to the podium in horrendous conditions and Felipe Nasr battling into the points to save his Sauber team, while effectively sinking the Manor squad.

Jenson Button’s drive to finish 16th and last at the track where he had clinched the 2009 world championship, as McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso salvaged a point for 10th, barely registered as a footnote. But the penultimate race of his swansong F1 season (he would return for a final time at Monaco in 2017, subbing for Alonso when the Spaniard was given permission to skip F1’s grandee race for the Indianapolis 500) served as proof to Button that he’d made the right decision in stepping away after 17 years.


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