As Jenson Button’s Formula 1 career came to a premature end with a suspension failure in Abu Dhabi, the Brit says that just means there is more time to celebrate.
Button said farewell to Formula 1 at the Yas Marina circuit where he was hoping to go out with a strong performance.
It was not to be.
Instead he retired early in the race when his McLaren suffered a suspension failure.
Button limped back to the pits to retire the car where he was met with applause and cheering from the sold-out crowd.
But despite his race, and his career, coming to an early end, Button says that doesn’t change how he feels about it all.
“I had a failure on the front right,” he explained.
“The thing is for us as a team that is one thing we pride ourselves on; we don’t have failures.
“So to have one today is so unusual.
“It is unlucky but to be fair I don’t really care.
“You have to take the positives and it doesn’t change my feelings on anything, on ending my career.
“I am very content with what I have achieved.
“Tonight will be a whole lot of fun and this just means we can start earlier.”
BUT ?: “Something feels wrong with the steering – we’ve got a failure”
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