Why Jenson Button’s 2014 F1 Campaign Could Be His Last

Jenson Button isn’t like the rest of them.

Fernando Alonso would happily sacrifice an arm for a third world title, as he revealed to Sky Sports in Abu Dhabi last year. Sebastian Vettel is possessed by the need to scoop together as many accolades as possible, no matter how significant. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, is petrified by the thought of ending his Formula One career with just a solitary world championship to his name.

Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton all live with the intense desire to constantly reinforce their superiority. Each race is not viewed as an opportunity to win or merely get points on the board but to prove their talents not only to us onlookers or their team bosses but themselves. That need for more, that desperation to rub it in, is arguably what makes them the three standout drivers on the grid.

But Jenson? He’s more than comfortable with his one world title. His name will stand beside Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Jim Clark, Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and, indeed, Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton forevermore. Nobody can take that away from him. He has nothing more to prove.

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