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Summary

  1. Jenson Button will not drive in F1 next year
  2. 2009 champion signs two-year deal with McLaren for ambassadorial role, but could race in 2018
  3. Stoffel Vandoorne will partner Fernando Alonso in 2017
  4. Race coverage on Sunday from 11:30 BST

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. The brilliance of Button

    Button

    Sixteen years, 297 GPs, eight poles, 24 front rows, 50 podiums, 1,231 points, 15 wins and one world title.

    Whatever happens from here on in, you've given us plenty already Jenson.

    Join me tomorrow from 11:30 BST as we build up to the Italian GP in Monza.

    Goodbye.

  2. Get Involved - Button's break

    #bbcf1

    James Perry: Surprising decision but one we have to respect, though would rather both Alonso & JB on grid rather than one or the other #bbcf1 🏁

    geographicalbaker22: Actually heartbroken. @JensonButton so proud of all you achieved and can't wait to see what's next.

    Jason Good: Really disappointed to lose JB from the grid next year. He is the main reason I kept on watching F1 - awesome Champ year.

  3. Post update

  4. The right Stoff

  5. Get Involved - Jenson for Top Gear?

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    Craig Harries: So @JensonButton not racing in #F1 next season. Safe bet to say he's signed on to present @BBC_TopGear For the next series. #bbcf1

    Kirk Laird: Jenson Button for Top Gear perhaps?

  6. 'A creative solution'

    tom clarkson interview ron dennis

    McLaren boss Ron Dennis speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Tom Clarkson: "I think it's a creative solution to the challenges the team were presented with. I spoke to him in Spa to establish what he wanted.

    "He didn't want to stop F1 but he wanted to break the pattern he had in his life. I thin it's the best solution for everyone."

  7. A message from Alonso

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    "Different role for 2017, but very happy to have him in the team and keep working together! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻"

  8. Post update

    I have no idea how we have all these photos from the Button family album but they're an absolute joy.

    Jenson Button, 1989
  9. Post update

    In fact the Stoff is 18th in the drivers' standings, out of 24 drivers, and has only been in one race.

  10. What is a Stoffel Vandoorne?

    Stoffel Vandoorne

    Enter the Stoff.

    Jenson Button's non-retirement means McLaren can promote their reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne to a full-time seat.

    The hype around the 24-year-old Belgian is genuine and the dilemma of how to get him into a car with Alonso and Button there was a headache for McLaren.

    He is last year's GP2 winner and this season, when replacing an injured Alonso at Bahrain, he out-qualified Button and went on to score a point by finishing 10th.

  11. Post update

    Among all the praise for Jenson Button, which I endorse, there has been a bit of playful poking at McLaren's PR spin on all this.

    "McLaren-Honda announces innovative three-driver strategy," reads their website's headline.

    Some blue-sky thinking there, possibly thought up on a team building retreat where you build rafts and cook nettles.

  12. Reaction to Button's break

  13. Get Involved - Button's break

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    James Crew: Has always been clear Ron Dennis has never been a fan of Jenson and always wanted him out as he was a Whitmarsh signing

    hazel black: Not happy that Stoffel has Jensons seat for next year. Nothing against Stoffel but Jenson is a world champion and a great driver

  14. Alonso on Button

  15. Post update

    Actually. Jenson has experience of chillaxing in a chair under the sun. We've dug out this picture of an indisputably adorable Button as a wee lad.

    jenson button
  16. Get Involved

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    Assume the position, Jenson. Assume the position.

  17. Four years since a win

    Button

    Jenson Button has 15 career race wins - the last of which came at Brazil in 2012.

    Here he is on the podium at Sao Paulo, giving a hug to Felipa Massa, who was overcome with emotion at finishing third at his home race.

    It's an image of two men who will not be in F1 next year - and the sport is worse off for it.

  18. Listen: McLaren boss Dennis on Button

    McLaren chairman Ron Dennis praises Jenson Button

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    Video caption: McLaren chairman Ron Dennis praises Jenson Button, who will take a sabbatical from racing.
  19. The Button appeal

    Jenson Button

    Following on from Debbie's tweet there, Jenson has always been held up as a looker.

    Don't see it myself - I mean, I guess if you like auburn stubble, firm abs and smooth wit, then you're in luck.

    But it does remind me of my favourite personal memory of Jenson, which involved a female friend with a broken leg (or was it arm? I forget) chasing him around Silverstone for six hours trying to get her cast signed.

    She succeeded.

    And can no longer come within 200 yards of the man without being arrested, Worth it though.

  20. Get Involved - Button's break

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    Debbie Phillips: @JensonButton - long as we can continue to see your Handsome face 😘 

    Cold shower for Debbie, please.

    Jenson Button