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Jenson Button
Jenson Button 2012

Nationality

British

2012 team

McLaren-Mercedes

2012 car #

3

Races

223 (221 starts)

Championships

1 (2009)

Wins

14

Podiums

47

Career points

912

Pole positions

8

Fastest laps

7

Jenson Alexander Lyons Button MBE (born 19 January 1980) is an English Formula One driver currently signed to McLaren. He was the 2009 Formula One World Champion, driving for Brawn GP.

Button began karting at the age of eight and achieved early success, before progressing to car racing in the British Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula Three Championship. He first drove in Formula One with the Williams team for the 2000 season. The following year he switched to Benetton, which in 2002 became Renault, and then for the 2003 season he moved to BAR. They were renamed Honda for the 2006 season, during which Button won his first Grand Prix in Hungary, after 113 races.

After Honda withdrew from Formula One in December 2008, he was left without a vehicle for the 2009 season, until Ross Brawn lad a management buyout of the team in February 2009, and Button suddenly found himself in a highly competitive, Mercedes-engined car. He went on to win a record-equalling six of the seven races of the 2009 season, securing the World Drivers' Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix, having led on points all season; his success also helped Brawn GP to secure the World Constructors' Championship. For 2010, he moved to McLaren, partnering with fellow British racer and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton . After finishing fifth for the team in 2010, Button finished the 2011 season in second. Out of 221 races that Button has started he has won 14 with a total of 47 podium finishes.

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