Updated: 02/09/2012 13:55 | By pa.press.net

Button keen to join the '300 club'



Jenson Button is still hungry to race in Formula One

Jenson Button is still hungry to race in Formula One

Jenson Button sees no reason why he will not become the third member of Formula One's exclusive '300 club' in the future.

This weekend in Belgium Michael Schumacher will chalk up his 300th grands prix, a feat only previously achieved by Rubens Barrichello, who holds the record for races entered at 326. With 221 grands prix to his name, Button is seventh on the all-time list and if desired could easily surpass Barrichello's milestone.

At present the spirit is certainly willing to continue as the 32-year-old said: "It's four and a half years of racing. I really don't know how I'm going to feel in a couple of years' time, but now, of course, the hunger is there. If I lose that, that's when I'll stop. If I'm in a position where I get the choice to retire it's the best position to be in. But it's a long time before I need to start thinking of that."

In respect of his achievement, Schumacher has been declared an honorary citizen of Spa, his second such award after Maranello, the home of Ferrari for whom he won five drivers' titles.

Schumacher readily concedes he never dreamed of 300 grands prix, certainly not upon his retirement at the end of 2006.

"At one point there was talk about whether somebody would be able to beat Riccardo Patrese's record of 250-whatever (256)," said the seven-times world champion.

"I said 'forget that, it isn't interesting for me', but now here we are and I'm counting the 300.

"It's certainly an interesting, beautiful and nice number to be around."

0Comments
Get the Bing Sports App for Windows 8 (© Microsoft)

latest f1 news

  • Nico Rosberg missed out on pole by the slenderest of margins

    Nico Rosberg's expletive moments after the conclusion to a pulsating qualifying session said it all after he had lost out to Lewis Hamilton by the slenderest of margins.

  • Fernando Alonso feels a top-three finish in the Singapore Grand Prix is within his grasp

    Fernando Alonso has his sights set on a rare podium finish to complete Ferrari's surprise resurgence in Singapore.

  • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was quickest in final practice ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix  AP

    For only the fourth time in 42 practice sessions this year a Mercedes failed to finish in the top two positions come the conclusion.

  • Lewis Hamilton is working on improving his single-mindedness  AP

    Lewis Hamilton is working on improving his single-mindedness as he bids to improve his chances of winning this year's Formula One world title.

  • Charlie Whiting admits monitoring radio messages in future grands prix will not be straightforward

    FIA race director Charlie Whiting has acknowledged coded radio messages will be difficult to police throughout future grands prix.

  • Williams duo Valtteri Bottas, left, and Felipe Massa have not given up hope of a win this season

    Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa both remain convinced they can deliver a victory for the team before the end of the year.

  • Bernie Ecclestone has suggested three-car teams may soon come to fruition

    Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Formula One is poised for a dramatic change should a number of cash-strapped teams go to the wall over the winter.

  • Fernando Alonso has made it clear he is far from happy with the latest rumours suggesting he is to leave Ferrari

    Fernando Alonso has accused the Italian media of attempting to destabilise Ferrari following the latest rumours linking him with a move away from the team.

  • Financial difficulties are making life difficult for Sauber and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn

    Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn cannot confirm whether her cash-strapped marque will be on the Formula One grid next season.

  • Felipe Massa has hit out at the FIA ban on radio messages

    Felipe Massa has warned of the possibility of "a big fight" with FIA race director Charlie Whiting ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix following the recent ban on radio messages.

  • Lewis Hamilton finally ended his miserable run in qualifying to claim pole position for the Italian Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are being trusted to keep it clean in the opening stages of Sunday's potentially explosive Italian Grand Prix.

  • McLaren and Honda could be reunited for the first time in November, according to racing director Eric Boullier

    McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has revealed the team may yet embark on their new partnership with Honda later this year.

  • Luca Di Montezemolo has insisted he is not stepping down as president of Ferrari

    Luca Di Montezemolo has scotched rumours he was set to resign as president of Ferrari.

  • Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat has been hit with a 10-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix

    Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat has become the first driver this season to fall foul of Formula One's new power unit penalty regulations.

  • Ron Dennis, pictured, has promised Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen an answer on their future before the end of the season

    McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis has promised he will announce his 2015 driver line-up before the end of the season.