Jenson Button to return to motor racing – but it won’t be with Formula One

Richard Parry
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Jenson Button expects to return to motor racing next season, though it will be not be with Formula One, Formula E or IndyCar.

The 2009 F1 world champion came out of retirement to compete in last season’s Monaco Grand Prix as he deputise for former teammate Fernando Alonso, who missed the race to compete in the Indy Car 500.

But despite his 17-year heritage in the sport, 37-year-old Button insists that he will not be returning.

"Do I miss F1? No, I don't," Button told reporters on Friday.

"I miss racing. I'd sort of fallen out of love a little bit with motorsport. I think that maybe I left it a year too long, racing in Formula One."

Button competed in the Suzuka 1000km endurance race earlier this year, an event which takes place on the same circuit as this Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Speaking in Suzuka, the Brit admitted that time away from the track has given him the opportunity to enjoy other aspects of his life, though his recent escapade in Japan had helped rekindle his love of motorsport.

"It's nice to have some free time and sort of look back on the last 17 years because while you're racing in F1 you don't do that," he added.

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"It's been very emotional actually. It's been lovely and it's been necessary as well."

"It's been a while since I've had that feeling so I've been itching to drive anything to be fair.

"So next year I'll be racing something. I don't know what yet, whether it'll be in America or in Europe or in Japan. But there are few options and I want to do a full season and take it properly seriously."