Button slowest to record 50 F1 podiums

© F1 Pulse, 24 March 2014
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Jenson Button became the 14th driver in Formula One to register 50 career podiums after he was promoted to third place following the exclusion of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo at the Australian Grand Prix.

But the Briton reached the milestone the slowest among the 14 as he achieved the landmark in his 248th start becoming the only driver to take more than 200 races to reach the number. Button has stood on the podium 26 times with McLaren.

Previously, Rubens Barrichello held the record for taking the most number of races to get to 50 podiums as the Brazilian had reached the milestone in his 186th race at the United States Grand Prix in 2004.

Michael Schumacher holds the record of registering his 50th podium in the least number of races - his win at the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix was just in his 91st race. The German is also the only driver to achieve the milestone in under 100 races.

Sebastian Vettel was the last driver to record 50 podiums when he second third at the Monaco Grand Prix last year, becoming the youngest driver to reach the mark at 25.

At 34, Button is the fourth oldest driver to get to the number after Nigel Mansell (38), Nelson Piquet and Niki Lauda, the latter two achieving it at the age of 35.

 

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