McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button has confirmed that he had told Ron Dennis that he was going to retire from Formula One at the end of the season when the pair met to discuss the future at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Button has confirmed however that Dennis, whose own future at McLaren is the big debate in the paddock at the moment persuaded him not to but instead to take a sabbatical from F1.
Button has also confirmed that he will not do any other form of motorsport for at least six months after the final race of the 2016 season in Abu Dhabi.
McLaren announced at the Italian Grand Prix last month that Button, who has been with the Woking based outfit since joining as champion in 2010 will step back from his race seat in 2017 and will be replaced by McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
Button will remain on at the team as a test and reserve driver as well as being an ambassador for the McLaren brand.
Button will however, have to keep up his fitness levels as he will step come in if either Fernando Alonso or Stoffel Vandoorne are unable to drive at any point during the season. Button will return to racing with McLaren if either Fernando Alonso or Stoffel Vanadoorne leave the team at the end of 2017 and if not he will be free to join another team.