Fernando Alonso has heaped praise on his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button for reach the 300-race mark in Malaysia this weekend.

The 2009 world champion is set to leave F1 this year after 17 seasons and will become a reserve driver, allowing Stoffel Vandoorne his set alongside Alonso.

And the Spaniard hailed Button’s commitment to the sport, which has gone through multiple changes in his career.

"It's a big achievement,” he said.

"When you reach 300 it means a few things, that you are very talented and you delivered good results for many years, and the teams gave you the trust to keep on racing.

"It means you keep doing a lot of good things, you keep committed, you keep physically 100%, you keep racing at your best.

"It's what Jenson has done, and I'm happy for him.

"It's a special weekend, we all know that, so anything we can do to make this weekend a little bit more exciting and happy for him then we will try to do it."

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