birth : 19 January 1980
Birthplace : Frome
Nationality - British
Marital status : Engaged to Louise
Height : 182 cm
Weight : 68 kg
Wins : 0
Points scored : 28
Number of GP : 51
Pole Position : 0
Podiums : 0
First GP : 2000 (Melbourne)
Best result : 4
P R O F I L E
Jenson Button entered formula1 with a bang, after he was
plucked from the obscurity of British formula 3 to act
as an f1 driver for Sir Frank Williams' team in 2000.
This created quite a stir, with many seasoned
campaigners wondering if his inexperience would cause
on-track incidents as he fought with the world's top
drivers to show his worth.
However quite the opposite happened as he soon showed
his speed and natural talent on the track, and became a
hit with the media and fans alike thanks to his
laid-back and warm personality when outside the car.
He performed steadily in that debut year, and managed to
finish eighth in the drivers' championship with twelve
points. Despite struggling with qualifying on his first
few outings he quickly got to grips with it, and was
soon able to out-qualify experienced team mate, Ralf
In doing so he scored the best grid position of the
season for Williams in Belgium, when he took P3 for
Come Sunday he also proved a mature racing driver,
although there were a few on-track incidents as a result
of over-exuberance and inexperience. He had several runs
with his team mate to be, Jarno Trulli, that season
causing the normally implacable Italian to issue him
with an angry warning.
At the end of 2000 he was a firmly established favourite,
and a highly-regarded racing driver, and was off to
Benetton for two seasons while Williams evaluated Juan
Pablo Montoya, with the option of returning in 2003.
So, what a shock 2001 must have been. From the very
start it was clear that Benetton had a difficult and
under-performing car, which Button struggled with. His
engineers were also fairly new to formula1, and this
combined with Button's inexperience allowed his team
mate Giancarlo Fisichella to consistently outpace him.
He soon came under attack for his lack of pace, and at
the beginning of 2001 was fighting with the Arrows and
Minardis in qualifying. His jet-set lifestyle, including
an apartment in Monaco and top of the range Princess
yacht, was blamed by some for his dramatic fall from
grace, and others questioned where his main motivation
and focus lay.
He was also publicly criticised by new team boss, Flavio
Briatore, through the media. However, the Englishman
fought back and was showing better at the end of 2001.
He knows that he still has to prove that 2000 was not a
fluke, and is also probably aware that a return to
Williams next year is looking unlikely following the
impact his Colombian replacement made last season.
In 2002 a better car and engine expected from
Renault, and Button but didn't turn out quite to his
Replaced by Fernando Alonso for the 2003 season, Jenson
made the switch to British American Racing where he will
partner 1997 Champion, Jacques Villeneuve.
C A R E E
R H I G H L I G H T S
1 (Renault), 7th with 14 points.
difficult year with Benetton. Button finished
seventeenth in the drivers' championship with two
debut with Williams. Finishes 8th with 12 points.
to third place in British Formula3 with Carlin
Motorsport. Wins Avon Rookie of the Year award.
2nd in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and is named
in the British Formula Ford Festival. 1st in the
British Formula Ford Championship. 2nd in the
European Formula Ford Championship. Winner of the
McLaren/Autopsort Young Driver of the Year award.
- Wins Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup in Suzuka. 2nd in
the Winter Cup. Youngest ever winner of the
European Super A Championship.
- 3rd in the American Championship at Charlotte.
3rd in the World Cup at Suzuka. 5th in the
European Formula A Championship.
- 1st in the Senior ICA Italian Championship. 2nd
in the Formula A World Championship in France.
- Double race winner in the Junior
Intercontinental A Italian Winter Championship.
Race winner in the Junior Intercontinental A
European Championship. 4th with the Birel team in
the RAC Junior Championship.
- 1st in the British Open Championships.
in the British Championship for Junior TKM. Ist in
the British Open Championship.
- 1st in the British Cadet Championship, where he
won all six rounds. 1st in the British Open
- 1st in the British Cadet Championships.
- 1st in the British Super Prix.