Jenson Button will be using his pink liveried helmet once again at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in honor of his father, John, who died earlier this year at the age of 70.
John would have turned 71 this Sunday at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and celebrated his birthday at the race last year. He had a huge effect on Jenson’s career, helping to nurture his passion and talent for racing. During his F1 career, John missed only a handful of Jenson’s races, and was always seen on race day wearing his lucky pink shirt.
Hungary is a very poignant race for Button. The Briton claimed his maiden race win at the grand prix back in 2006, charging from 14th on the grid to win in wet conditions, and he also won the race back in 2011. As a result, he will be reverting back to his Pink for Papa helmet for the weekend.
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