|Jenson Button Quick Info
|Date of Birth
|January 19, 1980
Jenson Button started racing at the age of 8 with karting and immediately achieved a lot of success with numerous wins at the karting events. In 2000, he started his Formula One career by racing for Williams. He got his first taste of mainstream success after he finished in the 3rd spot in the World Drivers’ Championship in 2004. In 2006, he won his first Grand Prix as he emerged victorious with Honda in Hungary. In 2009, he managed to win the World Drivers’ Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix after leading the race to the championship throughout the season.
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Frome, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
He is based in Monaco.
Jenson Button went to the Vallis First School. He has also studied at the Selwood Middle School. Then, he attended Frome Community College, a comprehensive school based in his hometown of Frome.
Racing Driver, Former Formula One Driver
- Father – John Button (Former Rallycross Driver)
- Mother – Simone Lyons
- Siblings – Samantha Button (Older Sister), Tanya Button (Older Sister), Natasha Button (Older Sister)
- Others – Pippa Kerr (Step-mother)
Jenson Button is represented by the London based sports management company, The Sports Partnership.
10 – Williams
8 – Benetton
9 – Honda
22 – McLaren, Brawn
6 ft or 183 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jenson Button has dated –
- Louise Griffiths (2000-2005) – In 2000, Jenson started dating singer and actress, Louise Griffiths. They got engaged in 2003. However, they couldn’t make it up to the aisle as they decided to end their relationship in the summer of 2005. They had even set the marriage date but decided to call it off just 3 months before the event. However, they have remained on good terms and have been seen hanging out together over the years.
- Rose McGowan (2005) – Just after his separation from Louise, Jenson was linked with American actress Rose McGowan. They had first met in Monaco and got instantly smitten with each other.
- Florence Brudenell (2006-2008) – As per reports, Button started going out with model and actress, Florence Brudenell, in June 2006. However, they dated only for 1 and a half years, ending their relationship at the start of 2008. It was claimed that the reason for their split was that Jenson wasn’t prepared to settle down.
- Jessica Michibata – In 2008, he started going out with a lingerie model, Jessica Michibata. They separated for a brief period in May 2010. It was claimed that they were finding it difficult to cope with the long distance. However, they eventually got back together. In February 2014, he proposed to her and they got married in an intimate wedding ceremony in Hawaii in December 2014. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last long and they decided to end it in December 2015.
- Brittny Ward (2016-Present) – After the end of his marriage, he found solace in his relationship with the model, Brittny Ward. Their relationship was eventually made public in March 2016 after they were spotted on a date in Los Angeles. They got engaged in June 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
He has English ancestry on his father’s side while on his mother’s side, he is of South African descent.
Often keeps a slight beard
Jenson Button has appeared in the TV commercials for Vodafone, Head & Shoulders, and Mobil.
He has also used his social media activity to promote products and brands such as Baylis & Harding and Leger Los Angeles.
Best Known For
Being one of the most successful British race car drivers. During the course of his career, he has raced for some of the most prestigious racing companies including McLaren, Renault, Honda, and Brawn.
First F1 Match
In 2000, he made his F1 debut in Australia for Williams. He didn’t perform well in the practice as he crashed his car. Also, he qualified 2nd last to the grid. However, he managed to deliver strong performance in the main event and was all set to score a point but the engine of the car failed 11 laps from the finish.
Jenson Button regularly hits the gym to keep himself in the right shape for his professional commitments. He is especially a huge fan of lifting weights in the gym and also loves working on his core strength. Apart from his gym sessions, he also prefers to workout outdoors and likes to test his endurance and stamina with long range running and cycling. He also likes to go swimming.
When it comes to his daily diet, he completely stays away from processed food and avoids eating anything that is not natural. When he is training, his diet is mostly comprised of fresh veggies, meat, fish, and some carbohydrates. If he is not training, he eats a low carb diet which eventually makes it easier for him to lose weight whenever needed.
Also, before he eats anything in the morning or even drinks water, he drinks a cup of black coffee. He believes that it helps him lose weight quickly. During training, he likes to have a beef burger with eggs on the top for the first meal of the day.
Jenson Button Favorite Things
- Sporting Hero – Paula Radcliffe
- Dish – Soba Noodles
- Holiday Destination – Hawaii
- Hotel – Conrad Singapore
- City – Tokyo
- City He Has Competed In – Monaco
Source – Men’s Health, Telegraph
Jenson Button Facts
- His parents named him after his father’s rallycross opponent and Danish friend, Erling Jensen. His father decided to switch ‘e’ with ‘o’ so as to differentiate him from Jensen Motors.
- His parents got divorced when he was 7 years old. So, he lived with his mother and 3 older sisters in Frome before moving to live with his father and stepmother.
- He wasn’t able to clear his first-ever driving test. He failed in the test because he was getting too close to the parked vehicle.
- After his father bought him his first kart, he started karting at the age of 8 at the Clay Pigeon Raceway.
- At the age of 9, he managed to finish in the 1st spot at British Super Prix in 1989.
- In 1991, he managed to win all 34 races of the British Cadet Kart Championship. Later, he managed to win thrice in the British Open Kart Championship.
- In 1997, he emerged as a winner at the Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup. Thus, becoming the youngest driver to win the European Super A Championship.
- At the age of 18, he moved into car racing and soon managed to win the British Formula Ford Championship with Haywood Racing. He followed it up by winning in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.
- In 1998, he was given the annual McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award. As part of his prize package, he was allowed a test in a McLaren Formula One car by the end of the following year.
- In his debut season as an F1 professional driver, he managed to earn 12 points and finished in 8th place.
- Despite having obvious talent and potential, he wasn’t able to achieve significant success in his early years. His lack of success was attributed to his love for partying and playboy lifestyle.
- In November 2009, he announced that he was going to join the McLaren team as he had signed a 3-year deal with the company. As per the contract, he was going to earn £6 million per season.
- In 2011, he signed a contract extension with McLaren before the Japanese Grand Prix. The new deal was worth £85 million.
- In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List in 2010.
- In 2010, he established his charitable organization called The Jenson Button Trust which is tasked with identifying charitable causes and providing financial support to such causes.
- He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering by the University of Bath in December 2016.
- Visit his official website @ jensonbutton.com.
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