Button - I can help McLaren in 2017

Button - I can help McLaren in 2017

McLaren star Jenson Button insists he will still be able to help his team when he takes a year away from the paddock in 2017.

The former world champion will not be driving an F1 car for the first time in 18 seasons next year, but he did sign a new contract with McLaren.

Button will have an ambassadorial role next season before getting the chance to race again in 2018, if a seat is available.

The Brit is only expected to attend a few of the 21 races in 2017 but he believes he can play a big part in their success.

He told Sky Sports F1: "I won't be developing the car as I won't be driving in it, my involvement will be more helping the team develop as a whole.

"I have a lot of experience of working with different teams from a driver's point of view, but when you step back and you have a look at the team there will be areas where I can see that we will need work. I can help with that from my experience in this sport.

"When you're driving you're focused on your driving, you can't focus on anything else. Formula 1 takes over your life and it's all about the development of the car and working with your engineers, but you don't look at the bigger picture."