Father of Jenson Button, John, dies at 70

© AP, 13 January 2014
© AP Photo/Mark Baker

The father of Formula One driver Jenson Button has died of a suspected heart attack. He was 70.

A statement released on Monday by the driver's agent says John Button died at home in the south of France on Sunday.

John Button, who used to compete in rallycross, was a guiding force behind his son's rise into Formula One and was a familiar face on the circuit.

Jenson Button won the F1 championship in 2009 while driving for Brawn. He currently drives for McLaren.

 

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