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Jenson Button

Team Benetton
Date of Birth 19 January 1980
Nationality British
Car Number 8
Marital Status Single
Personal Profile  

Jenson Button is one of the least experienced drivers in Formula1, yet is one of the most highly regarded after a very successful debut year with Williams in 2000.

Then merely a Formula 3 driver, he took part in a head to head shoot-out with the former Williams' test driver, Bruno Junqueira, in 2000. His quick times and calmness outside the car, despite a series of technical failures, impressed the team and his arrival was announced at the outfit's car launch.

He performed steadily last year, and managed to finished eighth in the drivers' championship with twelve points, Despite struggling with qualifying on his first few outings he soon got to grips with it. He soon managed to out-qualify experienced team mate, Ralf Schumacher, and scored the best grid position of the season for Williams in Belgium, when he took P3 for himself.

However, it was not enough to prevent the team from taking up their option on Juan Pablo Montoya for 2001. Williams have only loaned him to Benetton, though, and he is looking forward to performing well enough to return to the Grove based team in 2003.

Career Highlights
2000 Formula1 debut with Williams. Finishes 8th with 12 points.

Races 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 Top Rookie.


1st 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.


Karting - Wins Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup in Suzuka. 2nd in the Winter Cup. Youngest ever winner of the European Super A Championship.


Karting - 3rd in the American Championship at Charlotte. 3rd in the World Cup at Suzuka. 5th in the European Formula A Championship.


Karting - 1st in the Senior ICA Italian Championship. 2nd in the Formula A World Championship in France.


Karting - 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.

1993 Karting - 1st in the British Open Championships.
1992 1st in the British Championship for Junior TKM. Ist in the British Open Championship.
1991 Karting - 1st in the British Cadet Championship, where he won all six rounds. 1st in the British Open Champiosnhip.
1990 Karting - 1st in the British Cadet Championships.
1989 Karting - 1st in the British Super Prix.

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