British driver Jenson Button was unable to finish the last race of his F1 career after an early retirement ended his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He retired on lap 12 of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The 2009 world champion was running well early on, getting as high as eighth during the pit-stop window. Before the race weekend, he admitted that this will be the last race of his career despite an option to return in 2018.
The Briton damaged his front suspension at turn 12 when he clipped a high kerb, forcing him into the pit-lane to retire. "I really don't know what the problem was, something failed on the car," he said.
He added, "That's something that never happens to us, that's a massive strength of our team, things don't fail, but they did today, of all days. I've always said you can't change the last, you live in the moment, which is now, and then I'll go and grab a nice cold beer when I'm finished with the interviews.
"I didn't hit anything with that tyre, it was the right front that broke. I haven't done anything different from what I've done for the last 17 years. It's a surprise, but I'm glad I was able to figure it out before I hit the brakes going into Turn 11.
"Anyway, it's done, and still massively enjoyed today. For sure the race was short but I enjoyed everything else. I'm just sad for my fans and supporters that I wasn't able to finish the race."
For next year, Button will be replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne. He also said that he will miss racing and the modern F1 cars.
"What I'll miss is the bit I just did, driving the car, because these cars are amazing pieces of kit. They are also frustrating, at times, but this is the bit that I'll miss.
"Also the team spirit, that is amazing at McLaren, I'll miss that, but I'll try my best to find something new."
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