F1 » 'No point' in racing once you've had kids, says Button

McLaren-Mercedes star and former world champion Jenson Button contends that once an F1 driver has had children, it is time to hang up the grand prix helmet...

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Liam - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 11:32 AM

I guess he knows best.. .but kids will probably take a lot of your focus away but on the other hand Michael Schumacher was still winning when he had kids.

Spies Fan - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 12:23 PM

Good words from Jenson. He's a man who's clearly thought carefully about what he expects out of life once he has kids - and it's admirable that he would want to spend quality time with them, something which his experience tells him wouldn't be possible as a driver.

Others might not see it like that, but it's impressive none the less.


March 07, 2011 2:48 PM

i hope Jenson stays with Mclaren for a few more years yet before he decides to hang up his helmet and start a family,i can't see him moving to another team after his Mclaren days are over, hopefully he will be a double world champion by the time he does finally retire.

50 Cent - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 3:10 PM

Schumi did not have problems with that, Damon Hill on the other hand admited to Mika Hakkinen and it looks like in this case children might have had an impact on how he perceived racing.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 3:41 PM

I remember when Mansell was racing, it was very rare for Mrs Mansell to ever attend a GP. When Mansell was asked about this he said that if ever he was in an accident, he wanted his wife to be at home so that she'd be there for the kids.

FooAtari .

March 07, 2011 3:42 PM

Why be scared to push the limits when you had kids? There is little risk left in F1 these days. Drivers can walk away from the most horrendous of accidents. F1 is probably the safest motorsport going.

There have been loads of champions who have had kids at the time of winning. Racing is either in your blood or isn't I suppose.

There many Irish road racers out there with kids. And that's racing with real risks attached.

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