Jenson Button says that his early retirement from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix doesn’t matter, as he was just focused on having fun at the end of a long career.
The 2009 world champion, who will not race in Formula 1 in 2017, was forced to retire after his front suspension suffered a rare collapse.
Observers noted he had clouted one of the track curbs hard beforehand.
Button joked with NBCSN: "I should have won… but I don't think that was on the cards, so I thought I'd retire early!
"It doesn't matter. I said before the race on social media that this result didn't matter; it's about having fun, it's about enjoying the emotions with friends and family and the team, and Formula 1 and the fans. So I've done that.
"It finished a little bit early but I can celebrate with the fans when I get out of the car, which is awesome.
Regarding the suspension breakage, he said: "McLarens don't fail, we don't have failures; it's the weirdest thing. So maybe it happened for a reason.
"I'm going to enjoy the rest of the day, my last day as an F1 driver, and have a jolly good time this evening with friends and family who I love very much.
"Last night was amazing with friends and family; I had a long dinner reminiscing. We filmed a lot of it… which is a bit dangerous. Better lose that camera!"
Reflecting on a career in which he scored 15 grand prix wins and won the world championship with Brawn GP, which evolved into the dominant Mercedes team, he said: "So many special moments. Tough moments as well, which we all go through, but also great ones.
"Finishing early today is not a negative; take it for what it is. I get to see these guys earlier rather than later and really celebrate a long career – 305 grands prix."