5 of Jenson Button’s best Formula One moments

Jenson Button lives to fight another season after McLaren announced he would be driving for them again in 2016.

Here we look at Button’s five best Formula One moments.

1. Plucked from obscurity…

A lanky Jenson Button in 2002.
(Yui Mok/PA)

Button was a lanky, rather spotty and unfamiliar name when Sir Frank Williams handed him a one-test shoot-out against Formula 3000 racer Bruno Junqueria for a seat in his team.

Button, 20 at the time of the Barcelona trial, was given the nod after going faster than his rival and was promptly snapped up for the ensuing campaign. He partnered Ralf Schumacher and scored 12 points to finish a credible eighth in the championship. His best result was a fourth place at the German Grand Prix.

2. His first podium…

Jenson Button in his BAR Honda at Silverstone.
(Tom Hevezi/PA)

It may have been a long time coming, but Button stepped on to the rostrum for the first time in his 51st attempt at the Malaysian Grand Prix. It kick-started a brilliant campaign for the Briton, now team leader at BAR, as he went on to secure nine further top-three finishes.

He ended the season third in the championship behind the all-conquering Ferrari pair of Michael Schumacher, who sealed his fifth straight title, and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello. But his virtuoso displays that season saw him earn a new-found respect after two lacklustre years with Benetton.

3. Victory at last…

Jenson Button celebrates his victory during the winner ceremony after the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday August 6, 2006.
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In his 113th start, Button clinched a memorable win at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Englishman, now racing for Honda after it bought out BAR, started from only 14th after he was handed a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change. But he benefited from a number of retirements while mastering the inclement conditions to win by almost half a minute.

4. Championship crown

Jenson Button celebrates with teammate Rubens Barrichello after winning the 2009 F1 World Championship on October 18, 2009 (Andre Penner/AP)
(Andre Penner/AP)

Button looked to be heading out of Formula One in 2008 after Honda, disillusioned with F1, pulled the plug on its operation. But at the 11th hour, Ross Brawn completed a deal to take over the team and handed Button a championship-winning car.

Making the most of a highly controversial double diffuser, Button won six of the opening seven races and claimed the title with one race to spare after he finished fifth in Brazil to complete the fairytale story.

5. Canadian comeback

McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, of Britain, drives through a corner during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, on Sunday, June 12, 2011 (Darron Cummings/AP)
(Darron Cummings/AP)

Recently voted in one poll as the Race of the Century, Button turned in a spine-tingling display at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix to win a dramatic race which lasted four hours.

In torrid conditions, Button was plum last after he made five pit-stops, served one drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit-lane, and was involved in collisions with McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and then Fernando Alonso.

But the Englishman stormed through the field in the inclement weather and past Sebastian Vettel on the final lap after he forced the German into a rare error. Unsurprisingly Button later described it as the best victory of his career.

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