We reviewed the Formula One career of Jenson Button as if he were Benjamin Button

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will mark Jenson Button's final Formula One race, in a sport he has devoted 17 years of his life to.

So we thought it only appropriate to mark the occasion by reviewing the career of the 2009 world champion, to the theme of his cinematic namesake, Benjamin Button - and that means going backwards.

The Briton will call time on his career at Yas Marina circuit, so that is where we shall begin.

McLaren driver Jenson Button steers his car during practice at the Yas Marina Circuit - (Luca Bruno/AP)
(Luca Bruno/AP)

For Jenson however, he quickly learned that the McLaren car had reliability issues, and the start of his career was plagued with retirements such as this one at the 2015 British Grand Prix.

McLaren driver Jenson Button retires during the 2015 British Grand Prix - (PA)

He began to show promise two years in, however, with his first podium, taken at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix after Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified, moving the Briton up to third.

Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo - (Hassan Ammar/AP)
(Hassan Ammar/AP)

And two years later Australia proved the location of another first for Button: his first race win. Having qualified in second behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, Button clinched victory in the first race of the season.

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton - (Rob Griffith/AP)
(Rob Griffith/AP)

Button continued to improve, adding seven wins and numerous podium positions from 2012 to 2010, which all resulted in...

McLaren driver Jenson Button - (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)
(Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

...a move away from McLaren to Brawn, who had struck a deal with Honda to keep the team racing.

Brawn GP driver Jenson Button - (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
(Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

Nobody outside the Brawn garage could have foreseen the speed of the car Button would drive, and with seven years of experience at McLaren under his belt, the Brit duly drove the car to its potential, winning six of the first seven races of the season.

Jenson Button driving for Brawn GP - (Ibrahim Usta/AP)
(Ibrahim Usta/AP)

That of course led to a first world championship title for Jenson, taking the title by 11 points from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

British Formula One driver Jenson Button and 2009 Rally World Champion Sebastien Loeb - (Eric Gaillard/AP)
(Eric Gaillard/AP)

And with his career taking off, the nation took Jenson to their hearts as well, voting him into second place in the 2009 Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Ryan Giggs and Jenson Button - (David Davies/PA)
(David Davies/PA)

With the 2008 season, Brawn became Honda - look how fresh faced Jenson looks after his drivers' championship.

Honda driver Jenson Button - (Manu Fernandez/AP)
(Manu Fernandez/AP)

However, Button's subsequent two seasons did not go to plan, with the Briton achieving no podiums.

Kimi Raikkonen drives past a spinning Jenson Button - (Max Nash/AP)
(Max Nash/AP)

But 2006 brought improvement, and after three top five finishes, Button secured his first race win since 2009, winning from a starting position of 14th at a wet Hungarian Grand Prix.

Button added five top five finishes in the final five races of the season, and finished the year in an impressive sixth place.

Honda driver Jenson Button wins the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix - (Roberto Pfeil/AP)
(Roberto Pfeil/AP)

From there, Honda formed a partnership with British American Racing (BAR) and continued improving the car. After 10 consecutive top 10 finishes at the end of the 2005 season, 2004 brought an impressive 10 podiums for Button, who ended the season on the rostrum in third, along with Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher, and former team mate, Rubens Barrichello.

Jenson was rewarded for his year with the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, recognising his outstanding performances in 2004.

BAR-Honda driver Jenson Button is presented with the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy by Sports minister Richard Caborn - (Rui Vieira/PA)
(Rui Vieira/PA)

But that would be the last season in which the British driver would record a podium - 2003 brought a smattering of top 10 finishes, but Button could only manage ninth overall.

Benetton's Jenson Button - (Steve Mitchell/EMPICS Sport)
(Steve Mitchell/EMPICS Sport)

The Briton's attempts to get his career back on track with a move to Renault in 2002 did not go well. Here he is at the British Grand Prix, with a somewhat under the weather engine.

Jenson Button's car engine blows up during qualifying at the British Grand Prix - (Jed Leicester/EMPICS Sport)
(Jed Leicester/EMPICS Sport)

And so it was that Button moved to Williams to wind down his career, where his best result in the 2000 season was fourth place at the German Grand Prix.

Williams driver Jenson Button - (John Marsh/EMPICS Sport)
(John Marsh/EMPICS Sport)

Just look at that fresh faced man.

Williams BMW Formula One Grand Prix driver Jenson Button - (Phil Noble/PA)
(Phil Noble/PA)

Congratulations on a fine career, Jenson. Now enjoy your teenage years.

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