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Jenson Button

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Jenson Button

British Formula One driver currently signed to McLaren add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1980.

Countries: United Kingdom (39%), (11%), Monaco (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: McLaren, Formula One, Ross Brawn

Linked to: McLaren, Renault in Formula One, Brawn GP, Vodafone

 

Timeline


 

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Jenson Button was born in 1980 add something


1989

Button's win bettered Nigel Mansell's 1989 win from 12th on the grid at the Hungaroring add something

 

In 1989, aged nine, he came first in the British Super Prix add something


1991

He won all 34 races of the 1991 British Cadet Kart Championship, along with the title add something


1993

Hungarian Grand Prix - Other notable occasions in Budapest include first Grand Prix wins for Damon Hill in 1993, Fernando Alonso , the first Grand Prix winner from Spain, who became the youngest ever driver to win a GP, Jenson Button in an incident-packed race in 2006 and Heikki Kovalainen in 2008, the latter of whom was the 100th Grand Prix winner


1997

In July, Button signed a two-year contract with a two-year option for British American Racing, partnering 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve add something


1998

At the end of 1998, he won the annual McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award add something


1999

At the end of 1999, Button had his McLaren test prize at Silverstone, and tested for the Prost team add something

 

Button entered the British Formula Three Championship in 1999, with the Promatecme team add something


2000

He first drove in Formula One with Williams F1 for the 2000 season add something

 

BMW in Formula One - BMW's E41 engine was ready to compete in the 2000 season, fitted in the FW22 and driven by Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button

 

Ralf Schumacher - Schumacher continued to drive for Williams in 2000, and was partnered by rookie driver Jenson Button


2001

Giancarlo Fisichella - Since joining Benetton, Fisichella had comprehensively outperformed his Austrian team-mate Alexander Wurz, who would leave the team to make way for British rookie Jenson Button in 2001


2002

Despite Button's performances, and his desire to stay with Renault, it was announced at the French Grand Prix that he would make way in 2003 for test driver Fernando Alonso add something

 

Fernando Alonso - Briatore considered promoting Alonso for 2002, in place of his race driver Jenson Button, but instead chose to take Alonso on as Renault test driver for 2002


2003

The following year he switched to Benetton, which in became Renault, and for the 2003 season he moved to BAR add something

 

Williams chose not to sell Button's contract, keeping the right to recall him in 2003 add something

 

Button was the first British driver to win since David Coulthard in March 2003, and the first English driver to win since Johnny Herbert won the 1999 European Grand Prix add something

 

Flavio Briatore - For 2003, Briatore fired race-driver Jenson Button and replaced him with Alonso

 

Louise Griffiths - Having announced her engagement to Jenson Button soon after leaving "Fame Academy" in 2003, Grifffiths regularly accompanied him to many motor racing events

 

Louise Griffiths - In 2003 Griffiths was one of the first four students chosen by the public to appear on the second series of the BBC TV show "Fame Academy" when it was revealed in the press that she was the girlfriend of Formula One driver Jenson Button

 

Jacques Villeneuve - The Canadian was joined by Jenson Button from Renault in 2003 as Panis was offered a drive at the Toyota which the Frenchman took


2005

Despite the feud, Button insisted he had his team's backing, and was optimistic for the 2005 season add something

 

He was engaged to the actress and singer Louise Griffiths before ending their five-year relationship in May 2005 add something

 

Williams F1 - Initially Jenson Button was to have driven for Williams in 2005, but an FIA ruling forced Button to remain with his current team BAR

 

Mark Webber - Williams had announced that Jenson Button would drive for the team in 2005 alongside Webber but, after claims that Button was still contracted to BAR, his contract with Williams was overturned


2006

Button had signed a pre-contract to drive for Williams in 2006, but he now believed his prospects would be better at BAR, and that his Williams contract was not binding add something

 

Button won his 200th Formula One race at the , where he had won his first Grand Prix in 2006 add something

 

He was unable to take part in winter testing, prior to the season because of two hairline fractures to his ribs, sustained in a karting incident in late 2006 add something

 

The new team performed well in testing prior to the 2006 season, helped by the extra resources now available from Honda, and Button was confident in the car add something

 

They were subsequently renamed Honda for the 2006 season, during which Button won his first Grand Prix in Hungary, after 113 races add something

 

Williams F1 - Despite having signed a contract to race for Williams, Jenson Button decided to stay with BAR for 2006 as it was to become a Honda works team

 

Anthony Davidson - Having previously done some radio commentary work for BBC Radio 5 Live, in 2006 he made his debut as a television commentator, standing in for the absent Martin Brundle for ITV Sport at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won by Jenson Button and the Honda team

 

Monaco Grand Prix - Of the 2006 Formula One contenders, several have property in the principality, including Jenson Button and David Coulthard, who was part owner of a hotel there

 

James Thompson (racing driver) - After Jenson Button pulled out of the 2006 Race of Champions, Thompson was announced as his replacement on 13 December 2006


2007

At the , Button finished eighth, earning his and Honda's first point of 2007 add something

 

At the British Academy Television Awards 2007, Button's first win earned ITV1 a BAFTA under the category of 'Best Sport' add something

 

Button made no secret of his frustration regarding his current situation; he described his 2007 season as "a total disaster" add something

 

In 2007, Button again competed with Honda alongside Barrichello add something

 

Interview with Ian Stafford, UK Mail On Sunday 11 November 2007 Button did, however, record several impressive outings towards the end of the season, especially when rain was prominent add something


2008

At the , he retired in consecutive races for the first time since 2008, due to hydraulic issues add something

 

Following the withdrawal of Honda from the sport in December 2008, he was left without a drive for the 2009 season, until Ross Brawn led a management buyout of the team in February 2009, and Button suddenly found himself in a highly competitive, Mercedes-engined car add something

 

Autosport International - Drivers who have attended include David Coulthard, Gary Paffett, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson, Allan McNish, Damon Hill plus 2008 formula one world champion Lewis Hamilton and 2009 world champion Jenson Button


2009

He was the 2009 Formula One World Champion, driving for Brawn GP add something

 

He went on to win a record-equalling six of the first seven races of the 2009 season, securing the World Drivers' Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix, having led on points all season; his success helped Brawn GP to secure the World Constructors' Championship add something

 

However, he contradicted himself in 2009, when he said, "I've never tried to model myself on anyone add something

 

On 5 March 2009, it was announced that the former Honda team would race in 2009 as Brawn GP, following a late buy-out by Ross Brawn, the previous team principal of Honda Racing add something

 

Following the buy-out of Brawn by Mercedes, Button announced on 18 November 2009 that he would be leaving the team to move to McLaren for the season add something

 

Button wrote a book about his 2009 season, entitled "My Championship Year", which was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 19 November 2009 add something

 

On 30 November 2009, Button was announced as one of the ten men and women shortlisted for the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award add something

 

At the awards ceremony on 13 December 2009, Button was awarded second place add something

 

Sebastian Vettel - Again Vettel teamed up with Michael Schumacher for the 2009 RoC Nations Cup, which they went on to win in a run-off against the Great Britain team of Jenson Button and Andy Priaulx

 

Rubens Barrichello - Barrichello was rather worried when rumours were going around saying that he would lose his seat to the young Bruno Senna, the nephew of Barrichello's friend, idol and mentor Ayrton Senna, but Brawn decided to choose Barrichello to partner Jenson Button in 2009

 

Ross Brawn - Brawn GP won the 2009 Formula One World Constructors' Championship and one of its drivers, Jenson Button, won the World Drivers' Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix

 

Bruno Senna - Despite Senna, over the course of the three day test, coming to within 0,3 seconds of Honda F1 racing driver Jenson Button, the later announcement that Honda would withdraw from Formula One with immediate effect amid the economic crisis appeared to have significantly lessened his opportunity of a 2009 race seat in Formula One, unless the squad were to find a buyer before the beginning of the season in March

 

James Rossiter - During this time he played a part in developing the Honda RA109 which would become the BGP 001, in which Jenson Button drove to the 2009 Formula One World Driver's Championship title

 

Jessica Ennis - Ennis came third in the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, behind Formula One world champion Jenson Button and winner Ryan Giggs of Manchester United

 

Australian Grand Prix - In 2009 Jenson Button took the victory, driving for Brawn GP, which was having first race after Ross Brawn had bought the team following Honda's withdrawal from Formula One. The team was formed from the remnants of Honda_Racing_F1 who had withdrawn from the sport following the 2008 season

 

Brawn GP - It only competed in the 2009 Formula One World Championship, with drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello

 

Jessica Michibata - Michibata has been dating British Formula One driver Jenson Button since 2009, and can often be seen in the McLaren pits during his races

 

Honda in Formula One - Rubens Barrichello was confirmed as Jenson Button's teammate for the 2009 season on 2 March

 

Michael Schumacher - Ross Brawn had contacted Schumacher over a potential return to F1 with Mercedes involvement in November 2009, seeking a substitute for the possibly outgoing driver Jenson Button


2010

After finishing fifth for the team in 2010, Button finished the season as runner-up add something

 

Button was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year Honours for his services to motorsport add something

 

For 2010, he moved to McLaren, partnering fellow British racer and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton add something

 

Established in March 2010, the Trust provides donations to a number of charitable causes add something

 

Michael Schumacher - Jenson Button shed some more light on Schumacher's car trouble when he confessed that the Mercedes 2010 car was designed for him, and that his driving style is poles apart from Schumacher

 

James Corden - In March 2010, he presented Sport Relief 2010 alongside Davina McCall and others, and contributed a "sequel" to the 2009 England football team sketch, this time giving a motivational talk to various sport stars including Jenson Button and David Beckham


2011

In 2011, Button won three Grands Prix, set three fastest laps and finished on the podium twelve times add something

 

On 5 September 2011, Jenson Button opened a restaurant on Beulah Street in Harrogate called Victus, but it closed after less than a year in trading add something

 

Abi Griffiths - In 2011 she hosted Channel 4's Formula Ford Championship, whose past drivers include Jenson Button and David Coulthard

 

Japanese Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel secured his second World Championship in the 2011 Grand Prix with a third place finish, McLaren's Jenson Button won the race wearing a special tribute helmet to the people affected by the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami


2012

Button remained at McLaren for the 2012 season, again partnering Hamilton add something

 

Like many Formula One drivers, Button resides in the principality of Monaco, although he did live in Guernsey for 18 months before returning to Monaco in 2012 add something

 

Alexander Armstrong (comedian) - Also in 2012 he is the voice of Professor M for the animation breaks for the McLaren F1 team with the animations called "Tooned" which feature the voices of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button broadcast on Sky Sports F1

 

Lewis Hamilton - In 2012, Hamilton features in a new cartoon, called "Tooned" alongside Jenson Button and comedian Alexander Armstrong


2013

In March 2013, Button announced that he intends to stay with McLaren until he retires add something

 

After a difficult 2013 season with McLaren, it was announced in November 2013 that Danish driver, Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Pérez as Button's teamate for the 2014 season add something

 

McLaren P1 - Goodwood Festival Of Speed - At the 2013 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Formula 1 driver Jenson Button drove a black P1, the first time that the public saw the car being driven live

 

Esteban Gutierrez - He had a very good race compared to previous results; he led the race for a couple of laps after the first stint becoming the 12th different driver in 2013 to do so, and had a close battle midway through the race with Jenson Button, but eventually after a late pit-stop and a charge through the field, he failed to pass Daniel Ricciardo over the last couple of laps, finishing three tenths behind the last point scoring position


2014

He is set to spend a 5th season with the McLaren team in 2014, his 14th in Formula 1 so far add something

 

On 12 January 2014, Button's father John passed away at his home on the French Riviera add something

 

On 14 February 2014 Button proposed to Michibata add something

 

With Alonso moving to McLaren for the season, when they would be using Honda engines, the team had not announced in November 2014 whether they would be retaining Button or Magnussen as Alonso's team-mate, leaving both 2014 drivers wondering whether they would be driving in Formula One in 2015 add something

 

On 11 December 2014 McLaren announced that Button would be staying with them for the 2015 season add something


2015

On 3 August 2015, Button and his wife Jessica were burgled at a rented Saint-Tropez home while staying with friends when robbers looted the house and stole belongings worth £300,000, including his wife's £250,000 engagement ring add something

 

On 18 October 2015, Jenson Button won a triathlon competition at Hermosa Beach, California add something

 

In December 2015, Button announced they had split up after one year of marriage add something

 

On 23 December 2015, it was announced that Button had split up from his wife, Jessica, after 11 months of their marriage add something


2016

The BBC reported that he had signed a 2-year contract which included an option for 2016 add something

 

On 3 September 2016 Button announced he would be stepping down from the McLaren race seat for the 2017 Formula One season add something

 

On 8 December 2016 Button was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Bath add something

 

Canadian Grand Prix - In recent years, Formula One 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg, CART Champion Juan Pablo Montoya, Formula Renault 3,5 Champion Carlos Sainz Jr. and 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button have fallen victim to the wall

 

Brawn GP - Ross Brawn retained ownership of chassis BGP 001-02, which was subsequently restored to operational condition and to the championship winning livery and ran up the hill at the 2016 Festival of Speed at Goodwood, UK. Jenson Button took ownership of chassis BGP 001-01 as a condition of his contract with Brawn GP in the eventuality that he won the championship, after a protracted legal battle with the subsequent team owners

 

Stoffel Vandoorne - On 3 September 2016, ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, it was announced by McLaren that Jenson Button would not be racing in 2017, and that Vandoorne would be replacing him to partner Alonso for the 2017 season


2017

However it was confirmed on 14th April that Button will replace Fernando Alonso for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, after Alonso decided to compete in the Indy 500 which is run on the same weekend in May. The appearance is expected to be a one-off and Alonso will return to partner Stoffel Vandoorne for the subsequent races add something

 

As of November 2017, Button is the last driver to have won a Formula One Grand Prix at the wheel of a McLaren add something

 

Stoffel Vandoorne - Vandoorne is contracted to a full-time 2017 McLaren race seat, replacing Jenson Button

 

Romain Grosjean - Following Jenson Button's retirement from full time racing, the members of the GPDA elected Grosjean to replace Button as one of the directors of the GPDA in May 2017


2018

He has signed a two-year deal to be an ambassador with the team holding an option for him to return as a race driver in 2018 add something

 

In November it was confirmed Button would step aside in order to allow Lando Norris to fill the reserve driver role at McLaren for 2018 add something

 

He will contest the 2018 season which will begin 7-8 April 2018 at Okayama add something

 

On 27 April 2018, Button was confirmed as SMP Racing driver for the 2018-19 &FIA (Fédération_Internationale_de_l'Automobile) World Endurance Championship and 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans add something

 

On 12 June 2018 Button got engaged to former Playboy model Brittny Ward after two years of dating add something


2019

On 18th January 2019 he announced that he and Brittny were expecting their first child together add something

 

On 18 January 2019 he announced that he and Brittny were expecting their first child together add something