Jenson Button to step down after 2016

Jenson Button McLaren

Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 champ, has announced that he will be stepping down from active racing duty at the end of the 2016 season. This is the second announcement by a series veteran leaving active driving duty within a short amount of time. Earlier this week, Felipe Massa announced his retirement from the sport after 13 years.

However, unlike Massa, the 16-season running British driver is not leaving the sport altogether. Button has signed a two-year contract with McLaren to serve as their test and reserve driver. Replacing Button at McLaren and joining the team as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate for next season will be Stoffel Vandoorne, who made a successful one-race run as a replacement driver for the injured Fernando Alonso in this year’s Bahrain GP.

Jenson Button has driven for a myriad of teams during his career. His 2009 championship was secured during the one and only season of the Brawn GP team (which became the current Mercedes GP). Button has been racing for McLaren since 2010.

Good luck for the rest of the season, Jense!

(As with Massa, I’ll wait until the end of the season for the Career in a Nutshell segment.)