Button to switch off F1 career

McLaren’s British driver Jenson Button is all set to call time on his Formula One career, with an official announcement expected before this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

A veteran of 16 seasons, the 35-year-old former British champion seems to have made up his mind, despite ongoing contract negotiations with McLaren, after another season in an unproductive car.   -  Getty Images

McLaren’s British driver Jenson Button is all set to call time on his Formula One career, with an official announcement expected before this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

This season has been one to forget for the Brit and with Honda’s engine down on power and reliability, he managed to score points only twice – in Monaco and Hungary.

His outing in last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix seems to have been the final nail in the coffin for him. He had a disastrous pitstop, a 40-second transit, which cost him any chance of scoring points. He eventually retired due to gearbox failure.

His wife, Jessica, is Japanese, and Button has a huge following in the land of the rising sun. He treats it as a second home race and it would be the ideal place to make the announcement as opposed to Russia next month, by which time McLaren’s option on Button will have expired.

A veteran of 16 seasons, the 35-year-old former British champion seems to have made up his mind, despite ongoing contract negotiations with McLaren, after another season in an unproductive car.

Rumours indicate that Button is expected to join the revamped Top Gear crew.

His honours include one world championship, 15 victories, 50 podiums and 278 race starts, making him the third most experienced driver of all time.