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Jenson Button reveals what he would change if he became Formula 1 boss

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Jenson Button has had his say on what the future would hold if he was the man in charge of Formula 1 today.

The former McLaren, Honda and Brawn driver spent over two decades in the motor sport, enjoying small glimpses of success, before finally finding the right fit at Brawn GP, where he won the Drivers' World Championship and the Constructors' Championship, before the team became Mercedes.

Button decided to call time on his full-time F1 career back in 2016, taking a smaller role as reserve team driver for McLaren, making a cameo appearance in place of Fernando Alonso at this year's Monaco Grand Prix.

Speaking on BBC Sport's Facebook, Button answered questions from fans and has fielded an interesting one about how he would see the shape of the sport if he were the man making the decisions.

Button points to the fact that Formula 1 is already in the hands of new ownership from America, with Bernie Ecclestone selling off his controlling stake in the sport.

The 37-year-old sees this as a 'positive step' for the future of the motor sport and believes Liberty Media have already made the kind of changes he would have also made if it were up to him.

"I think with new management already Formula 1 has changed a lot," Button said.

"A lot of the things I would have changed they have changed already which is fantastic and it's nice to see a positive step for Formula 1.


However, the former world champion would like to see DRS (Drag Reduction System) removed from the sport because it doesn't create the reaction everyone thought it would.

He added: "From a pure racer's point of view. I'd probably try and get rid of DRS which is the system with the rear wing when you're close enough it helps you overtake because nobody really gets that excited about those moves anyway so you might as well get rid of it.

"Find other ways to make overtaking a little bit easier so you can properly fight for those positions and be proud of those overtaking moves."

The biggest issue in his eyes, though, is the sound coming from cars. And Button believes it's an aspect that must be addressed.

"With the 1.6 litre V6, it doesn't sound great. I remember good old days of V10's and V8's.

"The world's changed obviously and we're trying to be a lot greener and use electric power and hybrid but a true racer says V10 all the way

An interesting look at what may be in store for Formula 1 should Button ever decide on another change of career.

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