As Honda’s power unit struggles continue, finishes a lowly 15th in the standings despite some sterling drives. With McLaren’s new young protege Stoffel Vandoorne waiting in the wings, agrees to stand aside for 2017, instead taking on an advisory role with the team.
One of the toughest season's of his career, as McLaren's revived partnership with Honda gets off to a faltering start. Scores just 16 points, but refuses to give up hope and agrees terms to remain with the Woking squad for 2016.
Again proves his class in a less-than-competitive McLaren and against a fast-starting rookie team mate - Kevin Magnussen. Scores at 13 races, with third in Australia his best result, to finish eighth overall, three places above Magnussen.
Leads McLaren admirably through difficult campaign in which the MP4-28 is well off the pace. Often embroiled in on-track battles with new team mate Sergio Perez, but comfortably outscores the Mexican over the season.
Campaign starts brilliantly with Melbourne win, but then heads downhill as tyre and set-up woes make serious points a rarity, before mid-season recovery begins to stop the rot. Second in Germany followed by superb win in Spa and further victory at season finale in Brazil.
Emerges from Lewis Hamilton's shadow to become McLaren's leading light, adding newfound raw pace and aggression to his famous ability to master changeable race conditions. Takes three wins and nine further podiums en route to second place in driver standings.
Defies claims he'd be blown away by new team mate Hamilton, winning two of first four rounds. Qualifying struggles then hamper race results, but consistency plus strong Sunday speed and strategy keep him in title hunt until season's penultimate round. Fifth overall.
Staying at Brawn (formerly Honda) pays off. Wins six of first seven races to establish considerable championship lead. Challenge fades mid-season as team lose performance advantage, but keeps scoring to wrap up title with race to spare. Moves to McLaren for 2010.
As Honda's form continues to dwindle, scores just three points with a sixth place in Spain.
Powerless to overcome shortcomings of Honda's RA107 and struggles to stay with the midfield. Dominates team mate Barrichello, despite only four top-ten grid slots and a meagre six points. A fifth in mixed conditions in China shows his true talent.
Scores momentous maiden Grand Prix win in Hungary, plus two further podiums in Brazil and Malaysia. Outperforms Honda team mate Rubens Barrichello to finish sixth in the standings.
Leads BAR's fightback in second half of season, scoring all but one of their 37 points to finish ninth in driver standings. Buys himself out of Williams contract for 2006, instead signing a new, multi-year deal with Honda.
Arguably the man of the year, beaten only by the Ferrari drivers in the standings. Takes his and BAR's maiden pole at Imola. Scores in every race he finishes, with ten podium placings. Bid to move to Williams for 2005 fails after contract dispute.
Moves to BAR and consistently outperforms more experienced team mate Jacques Villeneuve. Briefly leads US and Japanese Grands Prix. Two fourth places on his way to ninth in the standings.
Benetton is renamed Renault and Button enjoys a successful season taking seventh in the drivers' championship.
Difficult first season with Benetton. Scores just two championship points.
Makes Formula One debut with Williams. Scores 12 points to finish eighth in the standings.
Third in the British Formula Three championship.
First in the British Formula Ford championship and second in the European Formula Ford championship.
Karting - wins the Ayrton Senna Memorial Cup at Suzuka. Also becomes the youngest-ever winner of the European Super A championship.
Karting - first in the British Super Prix at the age of nine.