The boy’s still got it.
Yes, fine, Jenson Button’s Formula 1 career drew to a tighten during final year’s Monaco Grand Prix with both a verbatim crash opposite Pascal Wehrlein’s sidepod and a whimper: was this awkward occurrence – for 18th place, for God’s sake! – unequivocally a approach F1 would bid farewell to a 2009 World Champion? Pretty much. And that is tragic, since on his day, Button was unbeatable.
Take Aug 6, 2006, for instance. In fraudulent conditions, with fast deteriorating tyres, and by grievous amounts of traffic, Button was peerless, handling a rival Honda RA106 to a dwindle to take his really initial Grand Prix win. From 14th on a grid!
Seriously, go behind and find highlights of a 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, and specifically, a new victor’s wide-eyed jubilee in parc ferme. It’s spine-tingling.
But there is some-more to this on-board video from Honda than a frequented outing down memory lane. Button’s path also happens to be a new front-wheel expostulate path record around a Hungaroring, and is also a fifth – and final – theatre of a largest growth module in Honda’s prolongation history. First denounced during final year’s Geneva Motor Show, a code new FK8 Civic Type-R has already posted new FWD path annals during Estoril, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Magny-Cours and, yes, a Nürburgring in a nut-swinging try to dwarf a out-going third era FK2. Mission accomplished.
All-new from a belligerent up, a new fourth-gen FK8 facilities a new chassis, is 38 per cent stiffer than a aged indication (which wasn’t accessible in Canada), generates a analogous crap-load of downforce pleasantness of a huge back wing, and debuts a wincingly assertive extraneous re-design that concurrently creates a Civic longer, wider and (slightly) reduce than a indication it replaces. Interestingly, a usually carry-over is a six-speed primer gearbox – huzzah! – and a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, that produces ‘just’ 10hp some-more than a aged model. Not that a sub-1,400kg hatchback with 316hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque on daub is something to sneer at, of course, as a former World Champion creates undoubtedly clear.
Like we say, a boy’s still got it. Even 12 years on.