Jenson Button is set to make a return to Formula 1 at the Monaco Grand Prix after almost six months since his last race in Abu Dhabi.
The Brit will stand in for Fernando Alonso who will attempt to win the Indianapolis 500 at the first attempt as part of his quest to become only the second man in history to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
Button has said that it feels “surreal” to be back racing in Formula 1 and is looking forward to having his first shot at driving the new 2017 cars in a one-off return to the sport.
The 2009 World Champion, decided not to drive the MCL32 prior to the Monaco weekend missing the post Bahrain Grand Prix test with McLaren arguing that their was more to gain in the simulator due to Monaco’s unique track characteristics.
The Brit will be aiming to score McLaren’s first points of the season as the team is yet to score a single point after the first five races of 2017 and sits bottom of the Constructors Championship.
However, while McLaren Honda have been well off the pace and struggled for reliability, Monaco, could offer the Woking based team with their best result of the season to date.
The famous street circuit is a track which doesn’t rely heavily on engine power which could help mask Honda’s continual struggles giving Button the chance of a points finish in his comeback to the sport.