Jenson Button is looking forward to concluding his Formula One career this weekend and starting a new "chapter" in his career.
While not officially retiring, Button will take a step back from racing next season while test driver Stoffel Vandoorne is promoted in his place.
McLaren have an option for his services for 2018, but such a return for the 2009 world champion is thought to be unlikely.
Ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Button described the prospect of his 305th Grand Prix start as "hugely emotional".
"It’s been an amazing project to work on and my involvement certainly won’t end here," he said."I’m looking forward to concluding this chapter in style and starting a new one with just as much enthusiasm, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds."
Button is expected to race in Red Bull Global Rallycross and Japan's Super GT championship next year.
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