Button to make F1 return at Monaco Grand Prix

When McLaren announced on Wednesday that 2005 and 2006 world champion Alonso would miss Monaco to race in Indianapolis, the Spaniard said it was because he wanted to emulate Graham Hill by becoming only the second driver after the late Briton to win the "Triple Crown" of the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and he Le Mans 24 hour sportscar race.

"I'm looking forward to pitting myself against the unique racing challenge that is the Monaco Grand Prix", he said.

Button, who had regarded the concluding race of the 2016 campaign in Abu Dhabi as the last of his 17-season career, will be one of McLaren's two drivers at Monaco, with Belgium's Stoffel Vandoorne in their other vehicle. "Perhaps if the races didn't clash, or do it at the end of his Formula 1 career, but McLaren have got this approach which is perhaps different to ours, but good for them".

"It is a hard one for Fernando as he is having a tough time", explained Horner in Bahrain on Friday.

"Zak [Brown] has got a problem, he's got a depressed driver on his hands, he's trying to keep him motivated".

He must be barking mad, it's the nuttiest race I've ever seen.

That decision might seem a bit odd given the dramatic difference between 2016 and 2017-spec F1 cars, but McLaren team principal Eric Boullier reportedly insists it's actually in Button's favor to abstain from participating in the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test Monday. Turn One is a proper turn as well - it is not easy flat all the way around. "But I don't like to see him at the back of the grid anyway".

"I'm thrilled to be making a one-off return to Formula One racing, and I couldn't think of a better place to make that return than my adopted home Grand Prix of Monaco", Button said in the McLaren statement.

"Would we let out drivers do it? No".

"Fernando's not scared. It's obviously going to be a challenge but he wants a challenge", said Brown. "He's going to get some testing in". A rookie driver won it previous year, not that we're going to set any expectations.

Button, 37, has been drafted in to replace former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, who will skip the streets of Monte Carlo to race in the Indy 500. I think he'll be extremely prepared. I think he's going to put on a good show and he's very smart.

Brown then took to Twitter to hit back at Horner's psychiatrist line, reminding the Red Bull chief of the time he jumped into the team's Monaco swimming pool wearing only a Superman cape after David Coulthard scored a podium finish in 2006.

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