British Formula One driver Jenson Button is set to call it quits after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.
It has been 17 years since he announced his arrival, starting with Williams, then driving for teams like Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn GP, and ultimately at McLaren for the last seven seasons.
But, he admitted the only regret he has during the entirety of his F1 career, and that is that he wishes he announced his plans of retirement before the British GP.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Button said: “People say ‘do you wish you’d changed stuff in your career?’ The only thing probably is a light-hearted one, I wish I’d announce that I was going to retire before the British Grand Prix.”
However, the 36-year-old accepts the reality and assured that he will be present at his home GP next year.
“I think that’s probably the only thing. But, hey, you can’t change things, you’ve got to live with it and I will be at the British Grand Prix next year.”
During the Italian GP in September, McLaren stated that Button will not be in the driver’s seat in 2017, confirmed by him at their post-media briefing later.
Moreover, the former champion has not ruled out a return in future as he currently plans to explore other areas of racing as well, following in the footsteps of his late father John Button.
“I’ve had a great career in Formula 1 bit there’s so much I want to do in life in terms of family time but also other types of racing. We’re not just F1 drivers, we’re racing drivers, we want to race things and you want to race competitively.
"I would love to race in rallycross because I just think it's amazing fun. It's just straightforward fun. You've got Formula E, which has its place which is a good category for technology, a lot of manufacturers get involved, and then you've got rallycross which is the complete opposite.
"It's just amazing. You get dirty, there are flames out of the exhaust, you can hit each other - it's just awesome!
"It's all sideways - I don't like oversteer! I'm just looking forward to waking up in the morning and doing my own thing, a lot of it will be triathlons."
Although, not making much of a deal of the prospect of a farewell at the Yas Marina circuit this weekend, Button will have his family members, as well as his girlfriend Brittny Ward, alongside him as he bids goodbye.
The current campaign has not gone well for him, having amassed 21 points in 20 races so far, with only seven finishes in the points section and the best being eighth in Germany.
As we bid goodbye to a true champion and an ideal exponent of the sport, Button will look back at the sensational career he has had over the years that places him among the greats in Formula One.
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