Breaking news: Jenson Button hates laundry

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That headline is for Grace, so she can begin plotting how to replace Jessica Michibata. Another hint: Don’t kick in your sleep.

Jenson Button’s hatred of laundry (and ironing) comes out in the latest Formula 1 “Inside Line” piece. I knew I needed to get to it before Grace did. (That only gave me several months.)

Here’s more tidbits from your favorite underperforming driver not named Felipe Massa:

Q: What’s been your most valuable life lesson?
JB: When times are tough, always keep fighting. It is never over until it is over.

Q: What do you admire?
JB: People who care for others and take the feelings of other people into consideration. But also people who do well in their field – like Rafael Nadal, or someone in business – who are doing things in the right way.

Q: If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?
JB: Probably to understand contracts a bit better in my Honda/Williams days and to take more time choosing my manager. (laughs) I’ve found the right one now, but it took me a long time.

Hey-O!! Someone sign that guy up for the late-night talk circuit. (Maybe instead of Sebastian Vettel?)

Q: What animal best reflects your personality?
JB: Oh, that is difficult. I wouldn’t be a cat, that’s for sure. Cats are good on their own, they are loners, whereas I like having people around me. I was at Ascot recently and heard that horses have pet friends – they have sheep or goats as friends when they are in the stables – so I’d be a horse. Why not?

Vitaly Petrov would so eat Jenson in a second. Who do you suppose Jenson would have as sheep and goat friends?

And while I’m thinking about it, this question — which has been going on all season — is it some sort of Animal Farm reference? Is this all leading up to the Bernie Ecclestone “Inside Line” when he answers, “Napoleon”?

Sorry. I’m over-thinking this.

Q: What is more important in life than winning?
JB: Nothing.

Q: What would you spend your last dollar on?
JB: A good gravestone. Hopefully.

Q: What is your greatest weakness?
JB: Thinking about issues too much. When I have a problem I try to think about it and then put it to the back of my mind – or throw it away completely – but it is very difficult. I go over things too much. How do I hide that from the world? I don’t know – it’s tricky – but experience gets you there.

Hey, see, Jenson and I have the same weakness.

Q: What is your favourite smell?
JB: It goes back to my karting days and it’s probably chain oil. I have great memories of those old days of karting.

Q: What’s your ultimate comfort food?
JB: I have a really sweet tooth so I would go for banoffee pie – something like that. I love souffles too – a proper French souffle is amazing.

OK, British readers, what the heck is that? (Yes, I could Google it, but why not crowd-source?)

Q: What event can’t you forget but wish you could?
JB: Probably the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix.

Q: If you had to stay in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
JB: I still don’t know that one. I love so many places. I love Japan, I love the south of France, I love Monaco, and I love Hawaii. I would probably choose from one of those.

Ah, the tough life of a Formula 1 driver.


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