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A profile of McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button

Jenson Button

A diagnosis of Jenson Button's 2010 season

Jenson Button 2010 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:32 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Bahrain GP 14 Mar 2010 8 7 6 6
Australian GP 28 Mar 2010 4 1 25 31
Malaysian GP 4 Apr 2010 17 8 4 35
Chinese GP 18 Apr 2010 5 1 25 60
Spanish GP 9 May 2010 5 5 10 70
Monaco GP 16 May 2010 8 23 0 70
Turkish GP 30 May 2010 4 2 18 88
Canadian Grand Prix 13 Jun 2010 4 2 18 106
European GP 27 Jun 2010 7 3 15 121
British GP 11 Jul 2010 14 4 12 133
German GP 25 Jul 2010 5 5 10 143
Hungarian GP 1 Aug 2010 11 8 4 147
Belgian GP 29 Aug 2010 5 22 0 147
Italian GP 12 Sep 2010 2 2 18 165
Singapore GP 26 Sep 2010 4 4 12 177
Japanese GP 10 Oct 2010 5 4 12 189
Korean Grand Prix 24 Oct 2010 7 12 0 189
Brazilian GP 7 Nov 2010 11 5 10 199
Abu Dhabi GP 14 Nov 2010 4 3 15 214

"Jenson Button said he wanted a new challenge after winning the 2009 world title with Brawn, and he certainly found one by joining McLaren and Lewis Hamilton's domain.

"He seems very satisfied with his first year at McLaren where he has integrated well with the team.

"He pushed Hamilton hard on a number of occasions and out-smarted him with tyre strategy and experience. Without a doubt, Hamilton and Button have learned from each other.

"Button won in Australia and China but his impressive drive at Monza summed up his season for me. In Italy, he had the confidence to go with an alternative downforce strategy, made it work and put on a great show to finish a close second to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"Button has been a worthy and professional world champion. He's disappointed he didn't have a better shot at retaining that number one on his car, but his qualities shone through on many occasions and his decision has been vindicated.

"Now he needs to sort out his qualifying performances for 2011."


What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Wow, wow - and wow.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
Racing a Formula 1 car against the best drivers in the world - it's as simple and amazing as that.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As a world champion and someone who worked very hard to build a strong team.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
Luckily I haven't had too many. I'd say forgetting my bicycle saddle when I went to compete in a triathlon.

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?
In my view it would be wrong to try to choose between them. They both had some amazing qualities.

Spa or Monaco?
For me, Spa is more of a fun circuit because you can race and overtake. Monaco is intense but I prefer a circuit where you can really race.

Previous teams: Williams, Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn
Nationality: English
Born: 19/01/1980, Frome
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2000
World championships: 1 (2009)

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

I get asked this question a lot and I really struggle because I really can't envisage ever being anything else other than an F1 driver.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
That's also a tough one because there are so many great sportsmen and sportswomen in their respective disciplines.

I would have to say that Michael Schumacher's dedication to the sport has shown that he is both talented and willing to give everything to be the best.

I'll also say Lance Armstrong because of how many times he has won the Tour de France.

What would be your perfect day off?
Lying on a beach with my girlfriend, a bit of reading, a bit of scuba diving, then a nice massage.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
The south of France. It's great that it's right on my doorstep. Great food and great beaches.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
A pair of white Converse trainers

What is your favourite music to drive to?
I like old tunes when I'm driving. They're fun and uplifting. Billy Ocean, that kind of thing.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
The Queen. I think she has an amazing story, and yes, she can bring the corgis, no problem.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know.
In my hometown there is a pub named after me - The Frome Flyer on Jenson Avenue. How cool is that?!

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
Steve McQueen, king of cool. Le Mans is the only racing movie that is totally realistic.

Boxers or briefs?
Boxers for sure.

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
Angelina. Apart from the obvious, I really admire her. She does a lot of great humanitarian work and it's important to give something back.

James Bond or Austin Powers?
James Bond, but only Daniel Craig because he does the rough and tough stuff. I think every guy likes to imagine themselves in the James Bond guise.

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