BBC Home
Explore the BBC

CBBC

Sport

Last Updated: Sunday August 06 2006 15:22 GMT

F1: First win for Jenson Button

Button celebrates

British Formula One driver Jenson Button has won his first Grand Prix.

After 113 outings, the 26-year-old from Somerset finally found himself at the top of the winning podium in Hungary.

Despite starting in 14th place on the grid, he fought his way into the lead, pipping Pedro de la Rosa into second with Nick Heidfeld coming third.

Championship leader Fernando Alonso had been forced to retire 18 laps from home. Button said it had been an "amazing" day.

He is the first British winner since David Coulthard three years ago.

"The last ten laps, I didn't want the race to end. It was the best feeling knowing you were on your way home to winning your first Grand Prix," said Button.

Taking the flag

Button has been racing since he was eight. He started out in karts.

It has taken him six years at the top level to achieve his dream.

"I have got to say thanks to everyone back in the UK because they have never lost faith in me," he said.