Button reverts back to Pink for Papa helmet in Hungary

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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.

For the British Grand Prix at the beginning of the month, Silverstone turned Pink for Papa in a campaign to raise money for charity in memory of John. The grandstands were packed with fans donned in pink shirts, and Jenson came good in the race to finish fourth, matching his best ever result at the track.

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.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).