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So the ques­tions have been an­swered and we know where Jen­son But­ton is go­ing next year, and the con­clu­sion is, sur­pris­ingly, nowhere. But the de­ci­sion has been left hang­ing...will he re­turn? I think I am prob­a­bly in the mi­nor­ity here, but I hope he doesn’t.

But­ton knows only too well the full-on de­mands of be­ing a top line For­mula One driver in a team that has had so much suc­cess. He knows that it takes huge com­mit­ment to get the most from it, and he will also know, in his heart of hearts, that a sea­son-long ride in 2018 is a mas­sive long shot.

He has had a hugely suc­cess­ful ca­reer, climbed to the very top of his sport and to see him as a bit-part player would be un­com­fort­able. Sure, he still has a great deal to of­fer Mclaren (as the team has rightly spot­ted) but he should just en­joy the con­sul­tancy role and leave the driv­ing side to the fresh wave of tal­ent.

He still has seven races left of this sea­son to en­joy the sen­sa­tions of driv­ing an F1 car, and to soak up the adu­la­tion which will be com­ing his way. Then, I hope, he leaves his grand prix driv­ing days be­hind him. Matt James, Edi­tor

Af­ter a few weeks of cir­cuit rac­ing-dom­i­nated TV guides, ral­ly­ing re­turns to the fore­front with two ma­jor na­tional in­stal­ments.

In Lud­low, the BTRDA cham­pi­onship bat­tle took an­other step to­wards a con­clu­sion on the Woodpecker Stages, the penul­ti­mate round. With some new faces at the front of the field, Luke Fran­cis and Char­lie Payne recom­menced their fight (Fri­day, 2235-2305hrs, Mo­tors TV).

Pre­ced­ing the BTRDA cov­er­age on Mo­tors TV is the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship. The se­ries gets its own TV show for each round, and the event it shared with the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship in Au­gust – the Ul­ster Rally – is the next in­stal­ment (Fri­day, 2135-2235hrs).

Stick­ing with the loose, there’s an op­por­tu­nity to catch up on the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship from its Bank Hol­i­day meet­ing at Ly­d­den Hill. An emerg­ing star took an em­phatic win (Fri­day, 2000-2100hrs).

With For­mula One com­ing off a dou­ble header, there’s not any live ac­tion to fol­low, For­mula V8 3.5: Red Bull Ring ■ Race one: Satur­day, 1245-1415hrs, BT Sport 3 Bri­tish GT: Don­ing­ton Park ■ Race: Sun­day, 12301510hrs, Mo­tors TV

Peter Hamilton snapped this shot of Andy Mid­dle­hurst in the Lo­tus 43 at the Gold Cup Gra­ham Lo­max’s shot of the Mid­dle­hurst Lo­tus

Lo­tus Fes­ti­val dra­mas, taken by Gary Hand

Howard Thomas’s photo of a ral­ly­ing BMW John Hen­der­son was at Rock­ing­ham

Mitch Evans For­mula E test­ing, by Peter Atkins

A heavy land­ing, taken by Will Jones Gary Hill took this pho­to­graph from Brands Hatch

Hans Stuck hill­climb­ing, taken by Adam Bull

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Ul­ster Rally is on TV Don­ing­ton Park, Le­ics

Bri­tish GT will be live on Mo­torstv

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