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Jenson Button’s latest post-F1 venture? Craft beer

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Since appearing to have made his final Formula 1 start after 17 seasons in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, Jenson Button has been a busy guy.

After focusing on his triathlon training over the winter and qualifying for the world championships earlier this year (despite a penalty for speeding in one event), Button made a one-off return to F1 with McLaren in Monaco while Fernando Alonso raced in the Indianapolis 500.

Button proved he had lost none of his edge over the winter, immediately being on-the-pace in the McLaren-Honda MCL32 car despite having not driven it prior to the Monaco weekend.

However, his grand prix ended in disappointment when he tangled with Pascal Wehrlein and was forced to retire from the race, as well as picking up a grid penalty that he is unlikely to ever serve.

But JB will be serving something else soon: craft beer.

The 2009 world champion revealed on Instagram on Saturday that he is a founding member of Blue Coast Brewing Company that “will be bringing the craft beer revolution to the south of France”.

Here’s hoping we get to try a Fernando Ale-onso, a Hoppel Vandoorne, or – in a niche throwback to the 2013 race at Spa – a Sebastian Vettel Belgian blond ale someday, surely served from a BAR Honda.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.