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Jenson Button hints at Rallycross, Super GT in 2017

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Jenson Button says he could race in Rallycross or Japan's Super GT series in 2017 as he takes a break from Formula One.

Button is being replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren next year but has signed a new deal with the team keeping him in a reserve driver role. He will then have the option to return to a race seat in 2018 if the team wants him back.

Though he refused to be drawn on potential drives away from F1 when the news was announced at Monza, Button has suggested several places he could compete next year.

"I want to spend more time with friends, family and to do other things...I love triathlons and maybe I'll race in something else like Rallycross or Super GT in Japan," Button is quoted as saying by Reuters after a promotional event in Singapore, hosting this weekend's grand prix.

Button's late father John was a rallycross driver and he has frequently said it is something he wants to do when his F1 career ends. The Briton has also been linked with the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The 2009 world champion has said he will continue competing in triathlons next year, something he has been doing in his free time for the last few years.

The new deal means Button will miss the new cars set to come into force under F1's new regulations, something he hopes will shake up the pecking order.

"I'm happy there are regulation changes for the future and hopefully it'll bring people closer together. Formula One needs that. There are so many good fights behind Mercedes in the rest of Formula One. There are so many good races but those two [Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg], it's just too easy for them."