Cape Town - McLaren
have paid tribute to a "brilliant driver and ambassador" in Jenson
Button as he enters into the final week of his contract with the team.
Button has played the role of reserve driver and ambassador in 2017
after deciding to retire from Formula One at the end of the 2016 campaign.
The 2009 world champion did make a brief comeback covering for
Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix whilst the Spaniard
participated at the Indianapolis 500, but Button has not been tempted to
continue any of his Formula one duties.
As a result, Lando Norris will become McLaren's reserve driver next
year and the Woking team have placed on record their thanks to the
"Jenson has been a brilliant driver and ambassador for us, for
Formula One and for England as well," said McLaren director Eric Boullier.
"His contract is ending at the end of this year but he will always be
part of the McLaren family and always have a special place for us.
"That's life and this is another step and another chapter, with Lando stepping in to the third driver role."
Button could race in the Super GT series next season on a full-time basis after completing a race in Japan in August.