As we head closer to the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix, which is celebrating its 10th GP this year, it also marks another landmark. As this race also marks a record for McLaren‘s Jenson Button as it will be his 250th start of his Formula One career.
After a career spanning 14 years, the British Formula One driver has had a career to remember. It all began in March 2000 at the Australian Grand Prix for Jenson as he made his F1 debut in the Williams-BMW. Unfortunately for him, that race ended in a retirement due to his engine. Hopefully, with F1’s new power units, this wont halt him from seeing the chequered flag this weekend.
Across the 14 years Jenson has raced in Formula One he has attended 251 race weekends, starting 249 of them. He is a race winner on 15 occasions with his first win back in 2006 at the Hungarian Grand Prix for Honda. Other accolades the Brit has collected over the years include 50 podium finishes, 8 pole positions, 8 fastest laps and the record for most starts in Formula One by a British driver. But most noticeably for Button, he was the 2009 Formula One world champion with Brawn GP.
Aged 34, Jenson Button is the most experienced driver on the F1 grid with his 249 starts. Which puts him in fifth place on the all time F1 starts list. Just three behind Jarno Trulli and seven behind Riccardo Patrese. By the end of the 2014 Formula One season we should see Jenson Button in third place on this list, with 266 race starts. Only behind Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher who lead the way with over 300 race starts each.
Without a win in 2013, you have to go back to the 2012 Brazilian GP to see the last time Button was on the top step of the podium. Hoping for a better year in 2014, will we see Jenson get his 16th win?