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Jenson Button reunited with 2009 F1 title-winning Brawn GP car

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Jenson Button has been reunited with the Brawn GP car from his 2009 Formula 1 drivers’ championship victory for the first time in seven years.

Button, 36, made what is set to be his final F1 appearance in Abu Dhabi last weekend, retiring from the race early on after a front-upright failure on his McLaren car.

The Briton announced in September he would be taking a step back from racing in F1 after 17 straight seasons, making way for Stoffel Vandoorne to step up into a McLaren race seat.

Despite having a contract to race in 2018 for McLaren should both he and the team be willing, Button said in Abu Dhabi that he does not expect to return.

Button’s career was filled with highs and lows, with the most remarkable story coming in 2009 when he won the drivers’ championship with Brawn GP, a team that took over from Honda following its shock withdrawal from the sport.

Button won six of the opening seven races of the season en route to the title, having scored just three points in the entire 2008 campaign for Honda.

The fairytale story led to a number of significant moves for 2010, including Button’s switch to McLaren and Mercedes’ entry to the sport as it took over Brawn.

On Thursday, Button took to Instagram to share a picture of his Brawn BGP 001 car from the 2009 season, commenting that it was the first time he had seen it since his title win.

Kubica, di Resta complete Williams F1 tests in Hungary

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Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta have both completed one-day tests for Williams in a 2014-spec Formula 1 car as part of the team’s evaluation for its 2018 line-up.

Williams is known to be considering a number of drivers to partner Lance Stroll at the team next year, including existing racer Felipe Massa.

Massa is thought to be going up against Kubica and di Resta for the 2018 drive, with the latter duo taking part in a private test at the Hungaroring in Budapest this week to aid the team’s evaluation.

After missing out on a 2018 Renault drive due to lingering questions about his physical condition six years after his rally accident, Kubica tested for Williams at Silverstone last week before getting back behind the wheel of the 2014 FW36 car in Hungary on Tuesday.

Kubica’s test was called “productive” by Williams, with the Pole handing duties over to Mercedes DTM racer di Resta on Wednesday.

Di Resta raced in F1 with Force India between 2010 and 2013 before returning to DTM, but made a surprise return at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Williams when Massa was taken ill. Di Resta impressed on short notice, putting himself in contention for a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Williams has one of the few remaining seats on offer in F1 for 2018, with Massa’s future known to be in question after a quiet campaign thus far.

The Brazilian had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last year, only for Williams to recall him after Valtteri Bottas’ late move up to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s surprise retirement.

Massa has made clear he would like to keep racing in F1 next year, but only if the deal is right and if Williams is determined to keep him.

While Massa, Kubica and di Resta appear to be the three leading contenders for the seat, Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe made clear in Japan there was a “large range” of drivers under consideration.

“You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at, but honestly, the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so, and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”