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Button reveals British GP helmet paying tribute to his father

Jul 3, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain poses for pictures with his father John and girlfriend Jessica after the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix Reuters

Jenson Button has revealed the helmet that he will be using for this weekend’s British Grand Prix, paying tribute to his father who passed away in January.

John Button, pictured with Jenson in 2011, had been the driving force behind his son’s career, nurturing his passion for motor racing and great ability behind the wheel. He attended all but a handful of the races that Jenson raced in, and traditionally wore his lucky pink shirt each and every race day.

He was a very popular figure in the paddock, and is sorely missed by those in Formula 1.

In a tweet sent out earlier today, Button revealed his helmet for the race which is aptly colored to pay tribute to his father.

McLaren has also been running a “Pink for Papa” campaign, which has seen fans buy pink shirts that they will wear on race day at Silverstone.

Earlier today, Button remained coy when asked about his future with McLaren.

“We will see,” he said. “For me, right now, it’s about doing the best job I can. The whole team, us a team are working every day to do a better job. We’re not where we want to be, we’re not where McLaren is used to being, and we know that, so we’re working very hard.

“In terms of future, that’s something I can’t discuss right now.”

  1. techmeister1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    That’s a nice gesture with the pink shirts and helmet. John Button always seemed like a very nice man and he is even missed by those who barely knew him.

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