The British driver has not completely retired from racing, as he is officially just taking a sabbatical next season, but he was treating Sunday’s Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi as potentially his final race outing.
Things did not end in fairy-tale fashion for the 2009 world champion, as he was forced to retire from the race after just 12 laps due to suspension failure, but he refused to let that disappointment ruin what was an emotional day.
“[It was] Really emotional. I walked downstairs and a lot of people were lined up from the hospitality to the garage,” Button was quoted by Autosport. “I was very happy I had my sunglasses on.
“I enjoyed today massively – the race was short but I enjoyed everything else. It’s been a rollercoaster ride through the years. People say it’s so sad I didn’t get another high but it’s not, I’m happy.”
The 36-year-old won 15 races and secured 50 podium finishes during a 16-year career in the sport, and he insists he is proud of all that he has achieved during his time in Formula One.
He added: “It doesn’t change anything with my feelings on ending my career, I’m very content with what I achieved.”