Jenson Button has announced that he is To retire as an F1 racer – at least in 2017. He will be replaced at McLaren by Stoffel Vandoorne. Jenson will be an ambassador for the team and will remain race fit for F1, if required. He has a two-year deal with the team and in 2018. McLaren has an option to race again, presumably if Fernando Alonso decides not to continue. The deal is a very elegant solution to the problem, which leaves everyone with possibilities that may or may not happen. It may end up being retirement, but you never know. There have been drivers who have come back from sabbaticals and have even won races (and Alain Prost and Niki Lauda won a world titles), but they did have superior machinery and generally drivers lose the edge after they take a break.