Jenson Button will retire from Formula 1 after this weekend’s 2016 season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Announcing his decision in the build-up to this weekend’s race, 36-year-old Button said: "I go into this weekend thinking it's going to be my last race. I think that's the best way.”
Button, who will be replaced next season by 24-year-old Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne, still has the option to return in 2018 under his two-year contract with McLaren, but he suggested he won’t be taking the option.
"At this moment in time, I don't want to be racing in F1 beyond this year. It is true that I have a contract in 2018 but at this moment in time I am not going to be racing in 2018.”
"The whole point of this [option to return in 2018] was if in three months' time I had eaten myself stupid and I changed my mind. But I don't want to go into this race thinking it's not my last race and it is."