So, Jenson Button will be taking a step back from McLaren as Stoffel Vandoorne takes his place for 2017. In this episode of the Drebrief, I review the unique nature of the situation, and why McLaren’s pulled a master stroke.  

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Button set to take a sabbatical. Spa promoters are probably losing their minds right now. They got Max and Stoffel now! This is a video from Chandni, she is a young F1-fan, talking about everything Formula 1.  

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McLaren boss Ron Dennis reiterated that Jenson Button has not retired from F1 following his sabbatical announcement and said he needed a mental break from the sport.  

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Jenson Button has revealed he will not be racing for McLaren in 2017, but will remain with the team in an ambassadorial role and has an option to return in 2018.  

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Martin Brundle explains the uncertainty surrounding Jenson Button’s future as a McLaren driver. Most paddock insiders believe Button is unlikely to be retained by McLaren, with the team instead poised to promote protégé Stoffel Vandoorneto the seat alongside Fernando Alonso.

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