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.