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Button reverts back to Pink for Papa helmet in Hungary

Jul 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Jenson Button will be using his pink liveried helmet once again at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in honor of his father, John, who died earlier this year at the age of 70.

John would have turned 71 this Sunday at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and celebrated his birthday at the race last year. He had a huge effect on Jenson’s career, helping to nurture his passion and talent for racing. During his F1 career, John missed only a handful of Jenson’s races, and was always seen on race day wearing his lucky pink shirt.

For the British Grand Prix at the beginning of the month, Silverstone turned Pink for Papa in a campaign to raise money for charity in memory of John. The grandstands were packed with fans donned in pink shirts, and Jenson came good in the race to finish fourth, matching his best ever result at the track.

Hungary is a very poignant race for Button. The Briton claimed his maiden race win at the grand prix back in 2006, charging from 14th on the grid to win in wet conditions, and he also won the race back in 2011. As a result, he will be reverting back to his Pink for Papa helmet for the weekend.

  1. dolphinsfan95 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Rain is in the forecast for the race so hopefully JB can get on the podium somehow for Papa Smurf.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Rain could turn this race into a real cluster as it does with most F1 races. Regardless of where JB finishes fans will be celebrating his father John’s spirit.

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