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Button's memorable maiden win

Jenson Button and team mates celebrate victory in 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix

Jenson Button took the first win of his Formula 1 career on August 6 2006 after a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix. It had been long-awaited - this was the 113th Grand Prix start of Button's career.

It was a race that established Button's credentials for outstanding performances in difficult conditions. He had qualified in 14th place in the Honda, but we weather and safety car periods allowed him to work his way up to second place.

Fernando Alonso was leading in the Renault by that time. However disaster struck on lap 51 when a loose wheel nut forced Alonso out. Button went on the win the race by half a minute from McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa and BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld.

It was the first win for a Honda chassis since John Surtees' victory in the 1967 Italian Grand Prix. And it was the first time an Englishman had won the race since Johnny Herbert in 1999.

Jenson Button would go on to claim 15 Grand Prix wins in 306 starts in total. That included six victories in the first seven outings of 2009 which propelled him to the world championship. He won the title by 11 points from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

 
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