Jenson Alexander Lyons Button, also known as, JB (born January 19, 1980 in Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom) is a racing driver who competes in Formula One, driving for the McLaren team. He was the 2009 Formula One World Champion, driving for Brawn GP. His current car number is 22.
Formula One Career
He made his début in 2000 after winning a "shoot-out" with Bruno Junqueira for the second Williams seat. Despite having a strong season, he was replaced by Juan Pablo Montoya for 2001 and moved to Benetton. A difficult season followed, but he stayed on for 2002, where the car (now a Renault) was much stronger and Button finished as best of the drivers who were not from the top three teams. He was replaced by Fernando Alonso for 2003, and Button moved to BAR. He had a good first season with the team, even leading the race in Indianapolis for 15 laps.
2004 was Button's best season to date. With a fantastic car, Button finished the season in third place in the drivers' championship, behind the two Ferrari drivers, taking four second places and six third places in the process. The next season, 2005, was a relative disappointment, Button not scoring until the tenth round. BAR were even banned for two races for illegally using fuel as ballast at the San Marino Grand Prix. However, Button scored points in the final ten races to finish very strongly. In 2006, the team, now Honda, produced another strong car, and Button took his maiden victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, the next two years were awful for Button. In 2007, Button only scored points in three races; in 2008, Button only got one sixth place.
2009 was very much different. Honda pulled out of F1, and Button and teammate Rubens Barrichello were unlikely to appear on the grid. That was until a management buyout by team principal, Ross Brawn, saved the team. The car, the BGP 001, was surprisingly nearly a second quicker than the opposition in testing. Button won six of the first seven races to take a lead in the championship which no-one could close down, despite Button only scoring two more podiums, one after having secured the title in Brazil.
Mercedes decided to buyout the Brawn team, and Button, in search of a new challenge, joined McLaren. Button started with two wins in his first four races for the team, but did not win any other races in 2010, but he did achieve five other podiums on his way to fifth place in the championship.
In 2011, Button had a much stronger season. After three podiums in the first six races, Button won the Canadian Grand Prix, despite collisions with teammate Lewis Hamilton and Alonso (the latter of which gave Button a puncture) and a drive-through penalty, leaving him last with over twenty laps to go. After two retirements, Button finished very strongly, winning in Hungary on his 200th start and in Japan along with six other podiums in the last nine races to come second in the championship.
Button started 2012 with a win at the first race, the Australian Grand Prix. However, Button did not do very well until the tenth race, Germany, where he came second after Sebastian Vettel's penalty. He then won in Belgium, leading every lap from pole. Button scored points in most of the remaining races, finishing second in Singapore and winning the final race of the season in Brazil, finishing fifth in the championship.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|2000||BMW WilliamsF1 Team||Williams-BMW||12||8th||Report|
|2001||Mild Seven Benetton Renault||Benetton-Renault||2||17th||Report|
|2002||Mild Seven Renault F1 Team||Renault||14||7th||Report|
|2003||Lucky Strike BAR Honda||BAR-Honda||17||9th||Report|
|2004||Lucky Strike BAR Honda||BAR-Honda||85||3rd||Report|
|2005||Lucky Strike BAR Honda||BAR-Honda||37||9th||Report|
|2006||Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team||Honda||56||6th||Report|
|2007||Honda Racing F1 Team||Honda||6||15th||Report|
|2008||Honda Racing F1 Team||Honda||3||18th||Report|
|2009||Brawn GP F1 Team||Brawn-Mercedes||95||1st||Report|
|2010||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes||214||5th||Report|
|2011||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes||270||2nd||Report|
|2012||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes||188||5th||Report|
|2013||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren-Mercedes||73||9th||Report|
Correct as of 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix
|Front Row Starts||24|
|Distance Raced||65228.69 km (40531 mi)|
|Distance Led||3822.105 km (2375 mi)|
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|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Did not finish, but completed over 90% of the race-winner's distance and was classified.
- ↑ Race stopped after 31/56 Laps. Half points awarded
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