Jenson Button hints at retiring from F1

first_imgJenson Button has increased speculation he is set to retire from Formula One after telling British reporters that the ‘joy’ of competing was missing and he had made a decision about his future.Media reports suggested the McLaren driver, whose wife is Japanese, was likely to announce at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix that he would be leaving Formula One at the end of the year.”The joy of being in the car is only there if you’re fighting at the front, because you feel like you’re achieving something,” the 2009 world champion said after Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.”If you’re fighting near the back, you’re driving an F1 car, but you can easily get joy driving something else. The joy you get is from competing. It’s about fighting at the front,” added the Briton.Also read: Singapore Grand Prix: Fan wanders onto track, creates a flutter “It’s about the possibility of standing on top of the podium. That’s the joy of F1.”The Briton, who made his debut with Williams in 2000, has won 15 grands prix — eight with McLaren.Button’s words sounded markedly different to last season, when there was also considerable speculation about his future but he ended up staying while young Dane Kevin Magnussen was dropped to a reserve role.Then, with the car still an unknown quantity, he was adamant he wanted to stay.Magnussen would be a likely replacement if the 35-year-old does quit, although McLaren also have Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, leader of the GP2 support series, as a rising star to accommodate.advertisementThe Honda-powered team, who have double world champion Fernando Alonso on a multi-year contract, are keen to find seats for both youngsters.last_img read more