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F1 champion Jenson Button meets F4 drivers at Brands Hatch

Sunday, May 19 2013

2009 Formula One World Champion and current Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button took time out of his busy schedule to meet the full line-up of 24 BRDC F4 drivers at Brands Hatch before their two races today (Sunday).

Jenson gave career advice, driving tips and also posed with the drivers for group photographs at the Mercedes-Benz DTM hospitality centre. Jenson was there as a special guest of Mercedes and Brands Hatch, and he also came to Kent to show his support for McLaren team-mate Gary Paffett.

"It looks like this is a great stepping stone to other categories," Button commented.

"It's great to see so many drivers from around the world. When I raced in Formula Ford back in 1998 it wasn't as international as it is now and it's good to see that people from all over the world have come to the UK, it is a great place to learn your race craft and to compete.

"As we all know, racing doesn't always go to plan as I'm experiencing right now! Whether you have a good race or a bad race you've got to stay strong and in the bad times, that's when you really learn what person you are and what you're going to grow into. It's about knuckling down when times are tough and focussing on the areas you probably wouldn't even think about focusing on.

"We all think we are quick enough to win the World Championship in Formula One through sheer speed which isn't the case for anyone. You've got to work on it. When I first arrived in Formula One with Williams in 2000 I thought 'you know what, the car might not be fantastic but I'm going to win every race.' I had the confidence and thought I could drive around any issue. You can't and you've got to learn how to improve yourself in many different ways. You all seem to be pretty good public speakers which is great because that's something you're going to have to get used to! There's also the engineering, fitness and nutrition and there's so many areas where you need to work on to really reach the pinnacle of the sport and we all know how tough it is.

"You do have to have a little bit of luck on the way through and if you have a bad race you've got to show that you're upset about it, but you've also got to realise that you've got to put it behind you. You can't think about those issues too much. Put it behind you, move forward, take something from it which is positive to go into the next race.

"You will always be learning, definitely in Formula 4 but also through all the formulas into Formula One. And even then in Formula One there's not a race that goes by where I don't learn something new. We all aim to be the best which is fantastic to be aiming for that, but never think you're the best because then you've got nothing else to learn.

"Good luck with your careers and good luck in the races today!"

BRDC F4 races two and three of the weekend at Brands Hatch take place at 14.15 and 16.40 today (Sunday). To find out more about the BRDC F4 Championship click here to visit the official website.