Button to hit 250 in Bahrain
1 April 2014 – McLaren driver Jenson Button will celebrate his 250th Formula 1 race start this weekend in Bahrain.
Button finished sixth in Malaysia on Sunday and was provisionally third in Australia - after Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion - and he is now keen to maintain that run in Sakhir and ‘bag more points’.
“Sunday’s race will be my 250th grand prix start. That’s crazy: it feels like only yesterday that I was celebrating my 200th, with a win for McLaren in Hungary back in 2011,” said the 2009 F1 World Champion.
“It’s hard to believe that this weekend’s race will be the 10th Bahrain Grand Prix [too] – I won this race back in 2009, I’ve had lots of good performances here, and I really enjoy the challenge the circuit presents,” Button added. “You always feel like you can get a little bit more out of yourself, and the car, which makes it a difficult but rewarding track on which to drive."
“We’ve scored some useful points in the first two races, which was always our objective for the opening quartet of fly-aways [in Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain and China], and I hope we can get some more points in the bag this weekend,” he continued.
Button also noted that he is looking forward to racing under the lights in Bahrain, with the race scheduled to start at 18.00 hours local time for the very first time.
“Things never stand still in Formula 1, and we go to Bahrain facing another new challenge: the circuit’s first night race. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of race we have under the floodlights – racing at night always adds to the atmosphere and sense of occasion, and I think this weekend will be no different,” he concluded.