Jenson Button has at least one more season of Formula One assured, and his potentially final Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi this year will not have been the end.
Indeed the 34-year-old Englishman will have some of his past return with him to McLaren-Honda next year, for what will be his 16th season on the grid.
One can’t help but think that Button, who is innately aware of the Japanese culture and worked with Honda for six seasons from 2003 to 2008, with the British American Racing (BAR), then Honda factory teams, provides a natural fit as Honda re-enters the sport for the first time since its pullout.
“Looking forward, I know the Honda guys well, having driven Formula One cars powered by their engines from 2003 to 2008,” Button said in the much anticipated team release.
“I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for them, and promise to give 100% to make their partnership with McLaren a success.”
Button also spoke highly of the McLaren-Honda past history, as he and new teammate Fernando Alonso look
“I admired Ayrton Senna enormously, but, for me, it was the exploits of his McLaren-Honda team-mate Alain Prost that inspired me most as a boy,” Button said.
“The way he stroked those beautifully brutal red-and-white cars to grand prix wins and world championships was to my mind poetry in motion, and I have tried to emulate his driving style ever since.
“Being a part of new-look McLaren-Honda is a wonderful opportunity for all of us, and I am very pleased to have been invited to do my bit. In fact, I am absolutely raring to go.”
Button showcased top form for most of the 2015 season, particularly the second half of the year. He ended with four top-five finishes in the final five Grands Prix of the season.
He also is still in top form on social media, poking fun at the whole decision immediately after it was announced.