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Jenson Button

Jenson Button - 2009 Formula 1 World Champion

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Birth Date: 19 January 1980

Birthplace: Frome, Somerset

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.

Button continued his majestic run of form after switching to McLaren, holding his own against Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso and taking further victories, many of them in the wet-dry conditions in which he thrives. But in August Button confirmed that 2016 might well be his last as a Formula 1 driver after announcing a sabbatical from the sport's top echelon.

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. 

Career Highlights

  • 2009 Formula 1 World Champion
  • 15 Formula 1 wins
  • 50 Formula 1 podiums

Other Achievements

  • 2006 First Grand Prix win in Hungary, plus podium finishes in Brazil and Malaysia.
  • 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

ROC Highlights

  • Years contested: 2007-2009, 2011, 2015, 2017 (6)
  • 2017 QF, Race Of Champions
  • 2009 2nd, ROC Nations Cup for Team Autosport Great Britain with Andy Priaulx; SF, Race Of Champions
  • 2008 SF, ROC Nations Cup for Team Autosport Great Britain with Andy Priaulx
  • 2007 SF, ROC Nations Cup for Team Autosport England with Andy Priaulx

 

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