Jenson Button receives standing ovation after suspension failure forces him out of Grand Prix
Button won the world championship in 200914:00 Sunday 27 November 2016, 14:00 27 Nov 2016
Jenson Button was forced to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after his vehicle suffered a suspension failure.
Button's front tyre gave way in the 13th lap of the race, forcing him to retire to the garage just a quarter of the way through the race.
The 2009 world champion had previously stated that this would be his last year in Formula 1 racing, meaning that today marks the end of his career which spans over 300 races.
He also posted this tribute message on his Instagram account:
So I hear today is a pretty big day for me 😉 Today is the day that I will be strapped into an F1 car for probably the last time. It's been an eventful 17 years! I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me through the years including family, friends, team members and fans and last but not least my Dad who I'm hoping is looking down on us with pride, miss you papa. From when the lights go out at the start of my final race here in Abu Dhabi to when the chequered flag drops I will give it my all and drive with my heart knowing that whatever happens today I will always know I reached my goal and dream in life to become a Formula One World Champion. I arrived with dreams and leave with memories. #JB22 #thejourneyisthereward
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After his exit, Button was treated to a standing ovation as he stood on his cockpit before being being greeted by his mum and backroom staff.
Tributes were also paid to Button online, lamenting the unfortunate circumstances which punctuate his career.
Jensen Button didnt deserve to end his last F1 race like this... Congrats on your F1 career.#F1— Filipe Albuquerque (@AlbuquerqueFil) November 27, 2016
Gutted for Jensen button. Having retire in his final race— WIN IPHONE 7 NOW! (@giveawayding) November 27, 2016
I am sorry @JensenButton that your last race ended so badly - Good luck for the future. You did us proud— Yorkshire lass (@Yorkshirelass1) November 27, 2016
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