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Jenson Button rules out competing in Indy 500

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Jenson Button says that his involvement in the Suzuka 1000km has rekindled his enthusiasm for racing. Speaking

Speaking during an appearance at the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, the former world champion reflected on his year out of racing in the States and his future.

Despite featuring for McLaren in Monaco earlier this year, Button has revealed he isn't desperate to return to Formula 1 - but does want to start driving competitively again.

"It has been lovely and it has been necessary as well, Lots of things have happened in my career that I have not had time to think about at the moment in time. I've needed this year to sit down and have a little chat to myself about what has happened. It has been good," he said, as per Motorsport.

"But do I miss F1? No. I miss racing. I've sort of fallen out of love a little bit with motorsport. I think that maybe I left it a year too long racing in F1."

Although he isn't sure of the format, the Suzuka 1000km has made Button certain he wants to return to the wheel in 2018:

"As soon as we finished, I wanted to get back in the car and do it all again. It has been a while since I've had that feeling. I've been itching to drive anything to be fair. Next year I will be racing something. I don't know what yet, whether it will be in America, or Europe, or Japan. I don't know."

However, the 37-year-old has ruled out making the switch to IndyCar.

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Button filled in for Fernando Alonso in Monaco while the Spaniard competed in the Indy 500 earlier this year but has no ambition to follow his old teammate's footsteps because it actually scares him!

He continued: "No interest. IndyCar, there are some great drivers racing in IndyCar, but it scares the sh*t out of me, I'm amazed they still race. Very brave guys. But I wouldn't touch that. I don't feel it's necessary at this point in my career.

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"Formula E, it definitely has its place, I think it's great for manufacturers, technology that is being used, it's going to keep growing, but again, it's not something that excites me. I want to go racing and have fun. I want to hear the engine, I want to hear it roar. I want to drive something that has 600+ horsepower. It's what I grew up with.

"I used to go to places like Donington or Castle Combe and you'd see these crazy arse cars racing, a Porsche turbo with 900hp racing against a mini that is as wide as it is long with a big crazy engine in it! It's what I loved, I loved the power and drivers just totally out of control the whole time."

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