Promo work keeps Button busy in China

Jenson Button in China

Apr.15 (YF1) A Wednesday in Shanghai wouldn’t be the same with an ExxonMobil press event – and world champion Jenson Button duly obliged by throwing himself into a frenzied afternoon of activities involving the cream of the Chinese media.

The day was split into a number of activities – Jenson was introduced to Mobil 1’s management during an on-stage event, where he appeared atop a podium and ceremoniously cut into a huge Mobil 1-liveried chocolate cake, which symbolised his victory in the 2009 world championship. Afterwards, he was presented with a huge scroll, featuring Chinese lettering that wished him good fortune.

Following the on-stage presentations, Jenson took part in a number of smaller press conferences, including interviews with local media, Chinese television broadcaster CCTV and a live webchat with broadcast channel Sina.

Jenson said: “I love racing here in China – it’s a fantastic circuit. I’ve finished second (2004) and third (2009) here, so it would be perfect to finally make the top step of the podium this weekend. The great thing about this season is that our car just keeps getting better and better. I’ve come off the back of some very productive work back at the MTC, so I think we head into this weekend feeling pretty confident.

“The Chinese fans and media are some of the most loyal, knowledgeable and passionate we see during the season, so it’s always great to get to meet them and speak with them.”