Jenson Button will start his 250th Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend, and later this year he will move into third place on the all-time starts list, behind only Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.
Reflecting on his latest achievement today, Button said he couldn’t believe how fast it had come around.
“The thing that surprises me is how quickly it goes by,” he says. “Fifty races ago I was in Hungary, celebrating my 200th Grand Prix, which I won by the way! So, it’s amazing how time flies. You really do have to enjoy every moment of it as much as you can. For me, being 14 years in the sport, I still feel like I have more to learn. I’m definitely not the perfect driver yet, and I never will be, but there is always still more to learn.
“That’s something, for me, that’s exciting about the sport. New regulations obviously are changing the sport quite a lot, especially with these new regulations, and again, you always have more to learn. For me that’s what keeps the sport exciting and that’s what has kept me on my toes for the last 14 years, and hopefully for many more.”
Regarding the most memorable car he’s driven he said: “There have been quite a few, for different reasons. 2009 obviously was good, it was the year I won the World Championship so an enjoyable car to drive. I liked the big front tires that we use to have as well. 2011 was good fun. It was quite difficult because we had the blown diffuser that everyone had, but it was quite unusual to drive, but when you got used to it there was so much downforce, it was pretty awesome.
“But then if you look back, 2004 was also a great year: V10 engines, 900 horsepower, revving to 20,000rpm. Obviously there was a tire war then as well. Most of the lap times that were achieved then, the fastest laps, have not been beaten in ten years. That was a pretty special car to drive as well. All very different eras in the sport, if you like.. It’s great to have been around through the V10, V8 and now the V6 periods. I think it’s been some exciting times that I’ve had in my career.”Bahrain GP, Formula 1, Jenson Button, McLaren, Williams F1