Jenson Button MBE is a British racing driver. He won the 2009 Formula One World Championship when he drove for the Brawn GP team. After his F1 career, he became champion of the 2018 season of the Super GT Series in Japan alongside Naoki Yamamoto, with whom he shared a Honda racing car at Team Kunimitsu.
Button began karting at the age of eight and achieved early success, before progressing to car racing in the British Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula 3 Championship. He first drove in F1 with Williams for the 2000 season. The following year he switched to Benetton, which at the start of the 2002 season became the Renault team, and then for the 2003 season he moved to BAR, where he finished third in the 2004 World Drivers' Championship. BAR was subsequently renamed and became the Honda team for the 2006 season, during which Button won his first Grand Prix at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after 113 races.
In February 2009, Ross Brawn led a management buyout of Honda, creating Brawn GP and recruiting Button as a driver. Button went on to win a record-equalling six of the first seven races of the 2009 season, securing the World Drivers' Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix, having led on points all season; his success also helped Brawn GP to secure the World Constructors' Championship.
At the start of the 2010 season, he moved to McLaren, partnering fellow British racer Lewis Hamilton for four seasons before retiring from Formula One at the end of 2016, making a one-off return at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix to deputise for Fernando Alonso. From the 306 races that Button started, he won 15, qualified on pole position 8 times, took 50 podium finishes and scored 1,235 championship points. After retiring from Formula 1, Button joined the Sky Sports F1 team in 2019.
Alongside his commentating role at Sky Sports, Button re-joined Williams in 2021 as a senior advisor. He will work with their race and Williams Academy drivers on-track and at the team's headquarters and conduct ambassadorial duties for the team.