Jenson Button. Source: Wikipedia

Jenson Button is a Formula One driver from the United Kingdom. He has raced for Williams, Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn GP, and McLaren, among others. He drove for McLaren from 2010 until 2017, when he announced his retirement from Formula One.

Early life

Source: The Telegraph

Jenson Button was born in Frome, Somerset, England on January 19, 1980. Button started karting when he was eight years old and quickly became successful before moving on to car racing in the British Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula Three Championship.

Career

For the 2000 season, he made his Formula One debut with Williams F1. The following year, he joined Benetton, which was acquired by Renault in 2002, and for the 2003 season, he joined BAR. He finished third in the World Drivers’ Championship in 2004.

After 113 races, Button won his first Grand Prix in Hungary in 2006. Button won the World Drivers’ Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2009, helping Brawn GP win the World Constructors’ Championship.

Jenson Button won six of the opening seven races in 2009. Source: Clive Mason/Getty Images

In 2010, he joined McLaren, where he worked alongside fellow British racer and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton. After finishing fifth for the team in 2010, Button went on to finish second in 2011. In 2012, he won his first pole position for McLaren in Belgium. Button won 15 of the 258 races in which he competed, with a total of 50 podium finishes.

Jenson Button(left) and Lewis Hamilton(right). Source: PA

Button was known for his smooth driving style, with his steering and throttle movements in particular being graceful and well-coordinated. These characteristics aided him in performing well in difficult conditions, such as his debut victory in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Earnings and investments

Button was paid $16.5 million per year by McLaren.

He paid $6.1 million for a home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighbourhood in 2017. He sold his house for a small profit two years later. Button paid just under $9 million for a mid-construction mansion in Los Angeles’ Bel-Air neighbourhood in 2019. He listed the house for $10.5 million in August 2020.

He owns a Nissan GT-R, a 1956 VW Campervan, a Honda S600, a Mercedes C63 AMG, a McLaren 675LT Spider, a McLaren P1, numerous Ferraris, and his championship-winning Brawn BGP 001. He used to own a Honda NSX Type R and a Bugatti Veyron.

Jenson Button’s net worth is estimated to $150 million as of 2021.

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