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Eddie Jordan warns Jenson Button not to return from retirement

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Formula One driver Jenson Button has been warned by ex-team boss Eddie Jordan to not make a U-turn on his retirement plans and return in 2018.

Button is set to retire from F1 after this season's finale at Abu Dhabi, calling an end to his 16-year long career, winning 15 races - including the 2009 World Championships - and amassing 50 podium finishes.

There has been speculation, however, that Button’s absence from F1 in 2017 is more of a sabbatical rather than retirement, with rumours of a possible return in 2018.


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However, Jordan has advised Button not to return after retirement.

He said: “I think Jenson has made a good decision to retire, though you hear talk about him saying it’s a sabbatical.

“But if the fire and the commitment and the passion and the drive are still there, why take a year off? I don’t get that. Sabbaticals do not work.

“If I was his manager I’d be doing everything to say ‘Jenson, you’ve had an unbelievable time, let’s pull the shutter down, move the page on and don’t be afraid to retire’.

“He has had an amazing career, been world champion, so whatever he does it will be so difficult for him to emulate that again.

“When I left F1 as a team boss I thought I would have such pain not being able to own a team, but that evaporates so quickly and you are soon doing something else.

“I am quite certain if Jenson wants to then he would be amazing on television. He has a career there whenever he wants it.”

Jordan also revealed that he feels retirement is the better option and that Button needs to refresh and recover himself, given his long career, as well as dealing with the death of his father, who passed away just three years ago.

“But he also has to take some time off as he has been on the road for a long time. He needs time to re-find himself.

“I am sure the loss of his father, John, still has a big impact on him as they were so close.”

Despite perhaps not being in the same calibre as the best of the best, Jordan insisted: “He was a worthy champion. If you are talking the top two or three drivers, the Schumacher’s and Senna’s, then he is not with them.

“But he will go down as one of Britain’s best drivers and one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen and that’s how he should be remembered.”

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