Jenson Button has today confirmed his intention to retire from Grand Prix racing at the conclusion of the Abu Dhabi event this weekend, signaling the end of a 17 year career that has earned the British driver 15 Grand Prix victories, 50 podium positions and a Drivers World Championship in in his 304 starts in the top flight. One of the most experienced drivers in Formula One history with 304 Grand Prix starts under his belt, Button announced earlier this year his intention to step away from active driving duties in 2017 as he takes a sabbatical from Formula One, with McLaren opting to sign young up and coming driver Stoffel Vandoorne for the 2017 season. With a new two year contract already penned with the team, it has always been understood that 2017 will be a sabbatical season for the British driver, as Button assesses his options with a view to returning to the driver’s seat for the 2018 racing season. However continual underperformance from the McLaren Honda package and a series of abysmal races of late seem to have further dampened JB's passion for racing in Formula One beyond the final race in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with Button telling the assembled media on Thursday afternoon this will be his last Grand Prix: "I go into this weekend thinking it's going to be my last race. I think that's the best way. "At this moment in time, I don't want to be racing in F1 beyond this year." "It is true that I have a contract in 2018 but, at this moment in time, I am not going to be racing in 2018," Button added. "The whole point of this [contract for 2018] was if, in three months' time, I had eaten myself stupid and I changed my mind. "But I don't want to go into this race thinking it's not my last race - and it is." "It's been a long journey since eight years old until now, you get to Formula 1 with many dreams and hopefully you leave the sport with memories - some amazing memories, some life-changing, some good, some bad. To walk away with the world championship is very special, too. I will definitely step away from F1 happy with what I've achieved and definitely my life starts now." Jenson Button will continue to see out the new two year contract with McLaren as reserve driver and promotional brand ambassador alongside his duties in the team's high tech development simulator. The Formula One sub forum here at RaceDepartment is the place to keep abreast of the latest news and happenings in the world of Grand Prix racing. Head over to the sub forum and join in the conversation today. Do you agree with Button's decision to retire from Formula One? What do you think Button will his driving career next? Let us know in the comments section below!