Jenson Button: 42 years old today and karting as an elixir of long life...

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For active drivers, appearing on the track in karts is almost routine. Jenson is one of those who, despite having left F1 years ago, still takes to the track regularly - out of pure passion and with a return to racing in mind.

Jenson, who turns 42 today, is one of those guys you mention to make a good impression with friends if you raced in those years. He's the one every young motorsports enthusiast has had a crush on at least once. Today he is a former Formula One World Champion, not very far from the paddock scenes as a consultant for the Williams Team, but known for his very easy-going ways and different from those of a certain Formula One. He doesn't hide his love for karting, so much so that as soon as he can he takes to the track to enjoy himself.
Last year, in an interview with FORBES (anything but a trade magazine), he said that yes, he likes to drive KZ and that he is starting to go as fast as some kids. But also that it is “agony. After 5 laps my breathing becomes so heavy that I no longer enjoy it and so I take the single-speed again, which is less tiring and makes me have a lot of fun with its precision.” His many interests include triathlon, vintage cars, family, as his social profiles amply testify.
In karting he left his mark: standing out among his kart successes we remember, in its Golden Age, the European Formula Super A championship in 1997 (youngest driver ever at the time) as well as numerous successes in Formula A on his Tecno Team GKS, a historic vehicle on which you can find a very detailed special in the May 2015 issue of Vroom.

Created by: scorradengo - 19/01/22

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