Jenson Alexander Lyons Button or simply, Jenson Button is a professional British motorsport racer currently plying his trade with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes in Formula 1. Button was born on the 19th of January in 1980 in the Frome region of Somerset in the United Kingdom but he spent his early years at the nearby Vobster region. His mother is a South African named Simone Lyons and his father John was a former driver on the Rally Cross circuit and his claim to fame in the United Kingdom at that time was for the Colorado Beetle Volkswagen that he owned. John named his son Jenson after his friend Erling Jensen but changed the ‘e’ to ‘o’ in order to avoid the confusion with Jensen Motors. Jenson Button began his career as a motorsport racer at the age of eight when he was bought a go kart by his father and he was immensely successful in the British go karting circuit. In the 1989 season of the British Super Prix, Jenson won the championship at just the age of 9 years. In the 1991 British Cadet kart Championship, Button won an unprecedented 34 races in the season, which was also the total number of races that were held in a single calendar year and this brought him the title. He won three championships in the British Open Kart Championships, the Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup in 1997 and became the youngest ever driver to hold aloft the championship trophy for the European Super A Championship.
At the age of 18 years, Button moved up to racing cars and won the British Formula Ford Championship at his very first attempt and at the end of the 1998 season, he was the winner of the McLaren Auto Sport BRDC Young Driver Award, the prize for which was the chance to test drive the McLaren Formula 1 car. Jenson Button made his first foray into the world of Formula 1 when he signed for Williams in 2000 before moving to Benetton the following season to partner Giancarlo Fisichella. After the team changed its name to Renault F1 in 2002, Button had a new partner in Jarno Trulli. Between 2003 and 2005, he raced for the British American Racing team and between 2006 and 2008, for the Honda team which had bought the BAR team. He won his first and only world championship with Brawn GP in 2009 before moving to McLaren Mercedes at the start of the 2010 season.