F1 champion Jenson Button on regrets, lockdown and winning Le Mans
JENSON Button MBE, 41, is a British racing driver and F1 World Champion.
He talks to Fabulous about what scares him, his worst habit and who the love of his life is.
What scares you?
Sharks – especially their teeth!
What’s your favourite word?
And your worst habit?
I get stressed about small things.
Who or what is the love of your life?
My fiancée [Playboy model Brittny Ward, 30].
Who would you invite to a dinner party?
My mum Simone – I haven’t seen her for almost a year because of Covid.
What’s your experience of grief?
My dad [John, 70] passed away in 2014. It hit me hard because he was always there for my racing career – he didn’t miss a race.
Who or what makes you laugh most?
When my son [Hendrix, 18 months] laughs. It’s adorable.
What makes you angry?
When I do simulator racing and 16-year-old kids kick my arse.
Your all-time favourite movie?
I used to like Cruel Intentions because the guy looked cool and drove a Jaguar.
What was your favourite kids’ TV show?
Thomas The Tank Engine.
Which possession would you rescue from a burning building?
My dogs Bentley, Storm and Rogue – then my watch, because it was my father’s.
What’s your earliest memory?
When I was four I let the handbrake off my dad’s car and rolled it back into a wall!
Which public figure do you admire?
I look up to sports people, because I know how hard they’ve worked. I’m a fan of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
What’s your biggest regret?
My only personal regret is that my dad sent me an email with photos of my early career a few days before he died, and I didn’t reply.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I’d go back to when I won the World Championship in 2009. I’d love to be with those people who meant a lot to me.
What’s a positive to come out of lockdown?
Spending more time with my children [Hendrix and Lenny, one month] and Brittny.
What would you like your epitaph to be?
That I did my best in racing, and that I was kind. I strive to be a good person.
What’s the worst pain you’ve ever experienced?
I hurt my back while on a bike. I saw a doctor who put a needle in my bum and I collapsed in pain. Luckily they pulled the needle out before I hit the floor.
How do you relax?
I live in LA, so I go hiking in the mountains.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Winning the F1 World Championship, and my children.
What’s top of your bucket list?
I want to win Le Mans.
What do you think happens when we die?
I hope we’re reincarnated as fluffy dogs!
Who’s your celeb crush?
Ryan Reynolds – he’s a good-looking bloke and funny as hell!
What are your best and worst qualities?
I love hugs – that’s a good quality. My worst is being impatient.
Most famous person on your phone?
Lots of racing drivers. And Michael Fassbender.
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