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Jenson Button disqualified from Ironman triathlon for speeding

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It seems old habits have proved hard to kick for recent Formula 1 driver Jenson Button after the 2009 world champion was disqualified from the Ironman triathlon for going too quickly.

Button stepped back from his McLaren F1 seat at the end of 2016 and is not expected to return to the sport despite having an option on a contract with the British team for next year.

The Briton has been spending a lot of his free time in America, and recently entered the Ironman triathlon in California.

An accomplished triathlete, Button initially finished the race third overall, qualifying for the world championships in Tennessee later this year after the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and 13-mile run.

However, Button learned after crossing the finish line that he had been disqualified after failing to observe a slow zone during the cycle portion of the race, with riders required to reduce their speed on safety grounds.

Button recently announced that he would be getting back into an F1 car later this year, taking part in a show-run for McLaren at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca behind the wheel of Emerson Fittipaldi’s M23 championship-winner.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.