It’s been a rough racing season for Jenson Button this year – so it was encouraging to see him put in a highly creditable performance in the Nokia Royal Windsor Triathlon on Sunday.
The testing endurance event consists of a 1,500-metre swim in the River Thames, a 42-kilometre bike ride through neighbouring villages and a 10-kilometre run through Windsor Great Park. It is one of the most well-established and popular in Britain.
Button came provisionally 117th of 1,624 finishers overall. However, he was 14th in his category with a time of 02:22:43. He was competing in the male 25-29 age-group in the full-distance event.
He competed in his first UK triathlon at Sevenoaks in April, where he finished 16th out of 250 competitors.
The triathlon is a superb discipline for anyone seeking to achieve a high level of physical fitness – and our Jense wasn’t the only one partaking of its benefits.
His physio, Mike Collier, also competed in the male 25-29 age group where he came 37th with a time of 02:34:19. He was placed 407th overall.
Before the event Collier told the Formula 1 website: “I had experience of conducting driver training whilst working for the Benetton team in 2001 which was when I first met Jenson. Working with him now, it is clear to see that his fitness has improved immensely.
“Consequently, I have had to improve on my fitness levels in order to push and challenge Jenson when we train together. We have our own strengths and weaknesses which leads to a great competitive rivalry in everything.”
Well, that’s certainly dedication, Mike. Read the full interview here…