Name: Jenson Button
Born: January 19, 1980 in Frome, England
Team: McLaren Mercedes
Weight: 151 lbs.
Hobbies: Water sports, cycling, cars, music and skiing
2010 finish: Fifth
Career podium finishes: 31
Pole positions: 7
Career wins: 9
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button was born on January 19 1908 to parents John Button and Simone Lyons in Frome, Somerset, in the west of England. He was the last of four children, with three older sisters named Tania, Samantha and Natasha, and attended local schools Selwood Middle School and Frome Community College. He currently lives in Monaco and is a talented triathlon competitor in addition to his F1 skills. In common with Lewis Hamilton, he says that he would have wanted to be a sportsman in another discipline if he hadn’t made it as a racing driver.
Jenson Button contested the British Formula Ford Championship with Haywood Racing, aged 18, and tool the title with nine race wins. He also took victory in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, ahead of future Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. At the end of 1998 he won the annual McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award. His prize included a test in a McLaren Formula One car, which he received at the end of the following year.