Jenson Button will replace Fernando Alonso at this years Monaco Grand Prix, after his former team mate announced that he will be participating in the Indy 500 instead this week.
Button announced that he will be taking a step back in his Formula 1 commitments last year, taking on a ambassador role with McLaren with the option of a return in 2018. He also acts as official reserve should either Alonso or Stoffel Vandoorne need to be replaced, in this case it would be the former racing in the acclaimed ‘greatest race in motorsports’ in May.
I’m thrilled to be making a one-off return to Formula 1 racing, and I couldn’t think of a better place to make that return than my adopted home Grand Prix: Monaco,” said Button. “I realise we won’t have a realistic chance of repeating my 2009 victory, but I think we’ll have an opportunity to score world championship points, which will be very valuable to the team in terms of constructors’ rankings.”