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."

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