Date: 7th May 2017 at 10:53am
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2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will return to race the McLaren Honda at this years Monaco Grand Prix.

The 37-year-old entered semi-retirement this year after signing a contract to become the teams reserve driver behind that of regular drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

In reality that meant that Button had raced his final Grand Prix in Formula One unless either one of Alonso or Vandoorne had to miss a race through injury.

But then the surprise news that Fernando Alonso will not be racing for McLaren Honda in the Monaco Grand Prix this season came.

The two-time Formula One World Champion has instead opted to shock motorsport by announcing his participation in the Indianapolis 500, which takes place on the same day.

That decision sees Button return for a one-off race.

‘I don’t want to be racing in Formula 1 for a whole season because I’ve done my time in Formula 1. I’ve loved most of my career, but it was time for me to have a break. But to come back for the Monaco Grand Prix, that is just the dream for a racing driver. Button told Sky Sports.

‘Coming in for a one-off race in Monaco, the most glamorous grand prix on the calendar, that excitement is back. It comes back when you do a one-off race.’