Button: I was disqualified for speeding!

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McLaren special ambassador Jenson Button thought he had qualified for the World 70.3 Ironman Triathlon Championships, only to discover he had been disqualified… for speeding during a race this past weekend.

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion finished third in the 35-39 category of the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside event in California, but fell foul of a slow zone on the bike section of the course along with several of his competitors.

It meant that Button was stripped of his podium finish and misses out on the chance to compete for the world title.

The Frome racer is an avid triathlete, having initially taken up the sport as part of his training programme during his Grand Prix career.

Button, 37, also founded the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, which takes place in Derby’s Roundhay Park and raises thousands of pounds for charity each year.

After his disqualification, Button posted on Instagram: “Well that was a pretty interesting 70.3 Ironman.

“Swim went well then I jumped on my awesome new bike to find that I hadn’t charged the battery for the gears so I was stuck in the toughest gear with 900meters of climbing.

“I ran a 1hr23min off the bike which I was pretty happy with, finished 3rd in age group so qualified for the world champs only to be disqualified for speeding in a go slow zone. Ah well onto the next one.”