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Is it time for Jenson Button to retire?

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During the 2014/15 season there was a lot of speculation as to whether or not Button would be offered a new deal for the following season.

Button's future was thrown into doubt after McLaren announced that Fernando Alonso would be returning to drive for them during the 2015/16 season, leaving people wondering whether it would be the young, energetic Magnussen or the older, wily Button who partnered him.

The rumours continued to swirl about who would be partnering Alonso for the following season, and when we arrived at the last Grand Prix of the season at Abu Dhabi and there still hadn't been an announcement, we all started to fear the worst.

However in December last year McLaren announced that Jenson Button had signed a two-year deal with an option for 2016. This means that he is tied down to the team for the rest of this season and next, as they continue to struggle with their rekindled partnership.

As a Button fan I find it frustrating to watch one of my favorite drivers struggle so much in a car that has so much potential. Both him and Alonso are reaching their mid 30s; however I still consider them two of the most technically talented and most exciting drivers on the grid, watching them both struggle at the bottom of the field and failing to reach the end of races is painful and it is something I don't want to continue next season.

Button still has plenty to offer

One of the biggest factors behind my love of JB is that the first full season of F1 that I watched, and could understand what was going on, was his championship winning season. With Honda pulling out of the sport it looked like Button might struggle to find a new race seat until Ross Brawn stepped in and took over to re-brand the Honda team as Brawn. 

Some people prefer drivers like Lewis Hamilton to Button because they prefer the more risky and aggressive driving style, and this decision is completely understandable; however I fell in love with JB's smooth driving style and natural ability to feel out a changing track. This is something that I will always admire about him.

I will always remember his win in the epic 2011 Canadian GP, during which there was a two-hour stoppage and five safety cars, to anyone who has never seen this race I strongly advise that you go and watch it, no matter who your favourite driver is.

Personally I would love to see Button at the top of the sport for one more season, to have one last chance at winning the most prestigious prize in open wheel racing, before he bows out.

I don't mind what team this is at, and honestly I would love to see McLaren returned to their former glory at the top of the sport, but I feel that both Button and Alonso should move on at the end of this season if there ins't significant improvement in the quality of the car they have been given.

Don't get me wrong, a large part of the reason that I want to see Button move on is because he is my favourite driver, however I also think both he and Alonso, in a competitive car could make the sport so much more exciting, not that it isn't already.

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