Button pretty in pink for father John

Jenson Button pretty in pink

Jenson Button pretty in pink

Jenson Button, wearing a bright pink helmet in tribute to his late father John Button, had a solid first day of practice for his home grand prix where he is hoping to finish on the podium for the first time, as fourth place is the best he has managed in 14 Formula 1 races at Silverstone.

His Dad, John Button was a popular figure in the F1 paddock, and when he donned his familiar pink shirt more often than not his son ended up on the podium – hence the pink shirted tribute during the British Grand Prix weekend.

However on track pink is no guarantee to lift Button’s fortunes, although he ended day one seventh fastest he was 1.7 seconds down on the top time, and the prospect of a podium on Sunday is a distant dream for the Briton.

Button summed up his day, “Our car felt okay today, but we’re still trying to find the right balance in the high-speed sections. We’re struggling with understeer, trying to get more front-end from the car.”

Jenson Button  with John Button in 2009

Jenson Button with John Button and the famous pink shirt in 2009

“It’s tough out there because it’s so windy. This year’s cars have less downforce than before, which makes the wings very important. When they’re affected massively by the wind, it makes it difficult to get any productive back-to-back results during testing.”

“Hopefully, we can put on a great show for all the fans this weekend. It’s fantastic to be out on the circuit for the first day of the British Grand Prix. To be here on a sunny day, and with a full house, makes it even better, too,” said Button.

In the build-up to the race Button explained the reasoing behind the tribute to his father, “”This race is going to be a special one for me because it was always such an important race for my dad. I’ll be wearing a special pink helmet for the race weekend, and I’m hoping people will enter into the spirit of supporting the #pinkforpapa effort to wear something pink on Sunday to honour his memory.”

“He won’t be there this year, but he’ll always be with us in spirit – I hope he brings me some extra luck on Sunday,” added the 2009 F1 world champion. (GP247)