The 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is fast approaching.

Only 22 days remain before the grid lights go out and 22 of the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced cars race around Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

Today, we focus on one of the sport’s most popular drivers, former champion Jenson Button – driver of car no. 22 for McLaren.

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Jenson Button
Jenson Button

  • Nationality: British
  • Hometown: Frome, Somerset, England
  • Age: 36
  • Current Team: McLaren-Honda
  • Car no.: 22
  • F1 Grand Prix starts: 284
  • Best F1 finish to date: 15 wins including 1 world championship (2009)
  • F1 career points to date: 1,214


Jenson Button on Bahrain International Circuit’s Grand Prix track:

“Bahrain is always a great spectacle under the floodlights. There’s a good mix of corners at this circuit and it’s really fun to drive, although the high-speed sections mean we won’t be expecting huge gains in performance there.”


Jenson Button during the 2016 Winter F1 Testing
Jenson Button during the 2016 Winter F1 Testing

  • Race result: Did Not Start
  • Qualifying position: 20th (No time)

Jenson Button did not start the Bahrain Grand Prix after a problem was detected with his McLaren-Honda Formula 1 car’s energy recovery system in the build-up to the race.
That capped a torrid weekend for the Briton, who suffered failures in both Friday free practice sessions and then early in qualifying.

Button commented post-race:

“Obviously, that was a disappointing day to end a disappointing weekend.

“However, although I was unable to get the running I required, and was also unable to make the start of today’s race at all, it’s clear that our car is improving, and that’s good news for all of us.

“That’s a result of a lot of hard work. In particular, I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to the boys in the garage, who worked unbelievably hard all weekend for so little reward. Their commitment and team spirit are massively impressive, and I know we’ll get the rewards they deserve in the end.”


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