Thursday 23 November 2017

Button swaps go-kart for F1 car in first Irish drive after 22 years

F1 driver Jenson Button races past the Bank of Ireland
during the Bavaria City Racing in Dublin yesterday
F1 driver Jenson Button races past the Bank of Ireland during the Bavaria City Racing in Dublin yesterday
Jenson Button leaves his car to his team after the demo on the streets of Dublin yesterday.
Jenson Button competing in the triathlon in Athy, Co Kildare, on Saturday
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

WHEN he last drove in Ireland, Jenson Button was just 10 and he was piloting a go-kart.

Yesterday, the 32-year-old former world champion was in charge of an altogether different machine as he sped through the streets of Dublin as part of the Bavaria City Racing event.

"The main thing for us was putting on a show, so the weather didn't really make much of a difference," he said afterwards.

He had also competed in a triathlon in Athy, Co Kildare, on Saturday, finishing seventh out of more than 1,000 competitors.

A keen triathlete, Mr Button has competed in events with his glamorous girlfriend Jessica Michibata in recent weeks, although she was nowhere to be seen in Athy. Mr Button later went on to hit some well-known Dublin nightspots, including Eddie Irvine's old haunt, the Grafton Lounge, and taking to the DJ decks at Lillie's Bordello.

Yesterday, he described it as a "busy but fun couple of days", and recalled how he last raced in Ireland at a go-karting event in Watergrasshill in Co Cork.

However, this time around, he was behind the wheel of a multimillion-euro car.

"These events are great because for us, over a Grand Prix weekend, obviously we're fully focused on the job in hand. But when we come to this sort of event, we can relax and have a little bit of fun with the car."

Irish Independent

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