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Jenson Button considered the switch to Toro Rosso for the 2009 F1 World Championship

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Former British F1 driver Jenson Button has indicated he almost signed for Toro Rosso at the end of the 2008 season. 

The former world champion explains in his new autobiography that an opportunity to join Red Bull's Junior team had arisen. This meant parting ways with his Honda team, who were in the transition of becoming Brawn GP. 

"I loved them; they had and still do have great spirit and attitude, but I knew I'd never get close to a podium in their car," as per Autosport.

Another important factor in Button's decision was the way team would be funded, which was very different to the teams he had worked under previously.

"They wanted me to bring money in the form of sponsorship to help fund the team, which was singularly unappealing."

Button's decision to stay with Brawn GP ultimately proved the right one as he soared to the 2009 title after a fierce competition with German driver Sebastian Vettel, who finished second place.

The 37-year-old has not given much away to his fans for what the future holds although it will involve racing in some capacity. 

"I've been offered drives in Formula 1 but I'm not interested, although I will race in the future," Button added.

Brawn GP's British driver Jenson Button

Button is adamant he will keeping working in the Motorsport industry. There are lots of other areas of racing that appeal to him, with Le Mans just one avenue he is open to considering.

"I enjoyed the rallycross experience [for the BBC with David Coulthard in 2015], I've already dipped a toe in Super GT and I'd love to do Le Mans at some point - there's so much out there".

Although he did briefly return to F1, Button explains that his appearance at this year's Monaco Grand Prix, in place of Alonso, did not leave him with a desire to compete full-time in F1 again. 

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco

"I didn't come away from the experience feeling like I wanted to go back and prove myself."

After the passing of his father John Button in 2014, it has become an emotional struggle for the 15-time F1 race winner and although there are plenty who feel he still has a lot to offer motor sport, a decision seems to have been made around the sport he has excelled in over the years.

"Just not Formula 1. Not without Dad".

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