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.
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Well that was a pretty interesting 70.3 Ironman! Swim went well then I jumped on my awesome new bike to find that I hadn't charged the battery for the gears so I was stuck in the toughest gear with 900meters of climbing😬 ran a 1hr23min off the bike which I was pretty happy with, finished 3rd in age group so qualified for the World champs only to be disqualified for speeding in a go slow zone 🤦🏼♂️ Ah well onto the next one! Big thanks to @ceramicspeed @rudyproject @huubdesign @asics @sciconbags @ftechcycling @envecomposites #tririg and especially @iamspecialized_tri for my new shiv and this awesome video. @ironmantri #oceanside703 @team_ichiban
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.