||19 January 1980
||Frome, Somerset / Guernsey
Jenson Button finally achieved his lifetime’s ambition when he won the Formula 1 world championship in 2009 – less than 12 months after fearing he may be leaving the sport for good.
When Button appeared at the 2008 Race Of Champions he had just learned that Honda were pulling out of Formula 1. At that point the future looked bleak for the Briton, but the rescue package that became Brawn GP soon turned everything around. He won six of the first seven grands prix in 2009 and held on for glory.
Now brimming with the confidence a world title brings, Button also produced his best Race of Champions performance in 2009. He partnered Andy Priaulx to the final of the ROC Nations Cup and reached the semi-finals of The Race of Champions itself.
Button has continued his majestic run of form into 2010 and 2011 with a string of victories for McLaren, many of them in the wet-dry conditions that he has made his own.
- 2009 Formula 1 World Champion
- 9 F1 wins and counting
- 7 F1 pole positions
2006: First Grand Prix win in Hungary, plus podium finishes in Brazil and Malaysia. 6th in F1 World Championship.
2004: 3rd in F1 World Championship with BAR, with 10 podium finishes
2000: F1 debut with BMW Williams, aged 20
1999: 3rd in British Formula 3 Championship
1998: British Formula Ford Champion, Formula Ford Festival Winner, and runner-up in European Formula Ford Championship
1997: Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup Winner, youngest-ever winner of the European Super A Championship, aged 17
The Race of Champions Highlights
- Years contested: 2007, 2008 & 2009
2009: ROC Semi-finalist; ROC Nations Cup Finalist for Team Autosport Great Britain with Andy Priaulx
2008: ROC Nations Cup Semi-finalist for Team Autosport Great Britain with Andy Priaulx
2007: ROC Nations Cup Semi-finalist for Team Autosport England with Andy Priaulx