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Button keeps his head at Hockenheim 25 Jul 2004

Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004

Jenson Button's drive from 13th on the grid to second place at the flag marked the highlight of his Formula One racing career so far.

But it was made even more remarkable by the fact that, for the last 20 laps of the race, he was having to fight with a loose helmet, frequently driving one-handed as be battled to hold it on.

Race winner Michael Schumacher was quick to pay tribute to his young challenger. "Jenson and I had a terrific drive," he told the post-race press conference.

"The car has been working great all weekend," said Button, "I'm so happy to have finished second, for me it was the best drive of my career and I had the best car underneath me... but it's slightly disappointing because if I had started in third it could have been so different."

It was after his final stop that Button noticed his helmet had worked slightly loose, footage from his on-car TV cameras showing that he was holding the helmet onto his head at higher speeds. Initially the BAR team thought that he had a problem with his visor, mechanics were seen experimenting with a spare helmet in the pits.

It didn't seem to slow him down to any noticeable degree, as he found his way past the slowing Renault of Fernando Alonso while frequently driving one-handed.