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?

Awesome.

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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