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Could Jenson Button have quit Formula One?

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A year ago no-one knew whether Formula One icon Jenson Button would be driving in the 2015 season. However, this year the decision was down to him, and in an interview with Sky Sports, he revealed how close he was to leaving the sport.

2014 Drama

At the end of the 2014 season, McLaren had only announced one of their drivers for the following season, Fernando Alonso, and the paddock was rife with speculation as to who his teammate would be. Would it be Button or Kevin Magnussen?

McLaren then signed Button to a two-year deal in 2015 which included an option for the 2016 season, essentially allowing Button to opt out of the contract after the first year if he felt he no longer wanted to continue.


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Sky Sports Interview

In an interview with Sky Sports, Button revealed that he seriously questioned leaving the sport and not participating in the 2015 season after what he called a "challenging" season.

'Last year I wasn't sure if I would be racing and it wasn't my choice, this year it was totally my choice and there was a moment of course where I thought, I don't want to do this anymore and be where we are'.

During the course of the interview, Button mentioned that he held a series of talks with Team Principal Ron Dennis, which were a big part in his decision to stay with the team for the 2016 season.

'I spoke more with Ron in two months when I was trying to decide what to do next year than I have done in my whole time at McLaren with Ron'.

What does the future hold?

With Button's contract up at the end of next season, it seems fair to assume that 2016 may be the last time we see him racing in a Formula One car.

After 15 years in the sport, he has become one of its biggest stars and is loved by Formula One fans across the globe.

Will we see him back on the podium in 2016? Or will it be yet another dismal season, lounging at the back, potentially even behind the Manor Marussia's?

What do you think the future holds for Button? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!

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