Jenson Button, a British F1 driver, is currently associated with Honda Formula One team.
Jenson Button began his racing career with karting as an eight year old. When aged ten, he became the British Cadet kart champion. Following year he won all 34 races of the series. Then he clinched a volley of international karting titles. Button attained the distinction of the youngest winner of the European Super A championship and the youngest runner-up in the Formula A world championship. In the 1997 Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup at Suzuka, he concluded his karting career with a win. Button now decided to move to single seaters.
Button became British Formula Ford champion in 1998 at his first attempt. He was also victorious in the Formula Ford Festival. He stood second in the European championship and bagged the coveted McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award. Riding on his success, he moved up to British Formula Three for 1999. He celebrated his debut season with three victories, seven podiums and stood third. Button got his ‘Rookie of the Year’ honor.
He had Formula One tests now for McLaren, Prost and Williams. Eventually Williams signed him for race drives. Just 20, he became Britain's youngest Grand Prix driver. Giving good performance, he ensured his smooth transition to Formula One. However, despite his success, Williams preferred Benetton on Williams. Button found this frustrating. In 2001 and 2002, Button faced several problems and was unable to leave favorable impression. Button decided to move BAR now. Thanks to Buttons' impressive performance, the squad glided through a difficult season. Next year Button scored ten podiums and finished an impressive third in the drivers’ championship. But he failed to win any race.
Honda-BAR and Williams had a dispute now regarding future rights of Button. The negotiations were long but successful. Williams agreed to release Button from their contract.
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