Button celebrates his first Grand Prix victory


It took Britain's Jenson Button a long time before he finally found the top step of the podium in Formula One. He was into this sixth season by the time he clinched victory on his 113th Grand Prix, winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on this date, August 6, in 2006 - the first British winner since David Coulthard in March 2003, and the first English driver to win since Johnny Herbert in 1999.

Button had started from 14th place on the grid in his Honda, but rain upset proceedings and it was Button who read the conditions perfectly to allow him to pull out a 30 second advantage over McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa and Sauber's Nick Heidfeld.

"Wow! What a day!," he said afterwards. "This is such an amazing moment for me and one that I have worked my whole motor racing career for. I always had faith that we would achieve our objective together and this victory is testimony to that belief.

"There are so many people to thank right now - everybody in the team, Honda Motor Company, our partners and, of course, all the fans. I would also like to pay a very special tribute to my family who helped me start out on the path to victory.

"To win such a tough and challenging race from 14th place on the grid is incredible for me and all the more important because I know I won on merit today. No one can dispute that today the Honda Racing F1 Team got everything right."

Button would go on to win 14 more races and of course claimed the 2009 Formula One world championship. He'll make his 300th start next month if all goes to plan, but whether he'll be back on the grid again in 2017 remains to be seen.