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Honda's Button takes on triathlon challenge 23 Apr 2008

Jenson Button (GBR) Honda.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 21 March 2008

With a three-week break between races, Honda’s Jenson Button would be forgiven for taking a little time off ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. Button, however, has been hard at work training for the Barcelona race and on Sunday even took part in an amateur athletic competition.

The ‘Sevenoaks Triathlon’, which took place in Kent, England, comprised a 400-metre swim, a 27-kilometre bike ride and an eight-kilometre run. Button, who regularly competes in triathlons, participated alongside physio Mike Collier at the British event and finished 16th out of the 250 competitors with a time of 1:31.21.

“I really enjoy competing in triathlons, probably because I have total control over my race and the result,” he told his official website. “In F1, it's very different as it's a big team event but in a triathlon you are in control of your own destiny. I love training and anything physical so having to push myself to the limit in three different and very intense skills is very rewarding.”

Button’s next triathlon outing will also be on British soil, at the Nokia Royal Windsor Triathlon on 15 June.