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.

Button - I can help McLaren in 2017

Button - I can help McLaren 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."