OK, if this answer doesn’t endear Jenson Button to Grace, no amount of passing Fernando Alonso on his way to a second straight world championship will.
Button today is the second driver to get the “Secret Life” treatment from the official Formula 1 site, and, well, I think he does a pretty good job, starting with the Tom Cruise-reference:
Q: Which film makes you cry?
JB: Not many. Actually â€˜The Notebookâ€™ almost made me cry. And also â€˜Days of Thunderâ€™â€¦ no, not really, that was a joke.
Really, I think I could stop there and this would be the best post of the week. Admittedly, it’s a slow week, but that’s pretty good Jenson.
Here’s more highlights, though:
Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a â€˜Plan-Bâ€™?
Jenson Button: No, I never have a â€˜Plan-Bâ€™. Thatâ€™s one of my weaknesses, obviously.
Q: What was your biggest (non-Formula One) speeding fine?
JB: I think it was around Â£500, something like 600 Euro. That was in 2000. I cannot remember how much over the speed limit I was.
Q: Name five things that you hate?
JB: When itâ€™s raining and you donâ€™t have an umbrella. Greasy food, I hate greasy food. I hate losing, the economy and people who are negative.
Q: Have you ever dyed your hair?
JB: I did it when I was younger. I was around 14. I dyed the front very blond. It looked horrible.
And, for Negative Camber, who I am sure owned a few of this band’s records:
Q: What was the first CD you bought?
JB: It was a band called UB40. It was a long time ago. The single was â€˜Rat in the Kitchenâ€™.
Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
JB: No piercings. I have three tattoos at the moment, but Iâ€™m getting a fourth when Iâ€™m in Japan. What two of them mean I cannot tell you, itâ€™s private and in Japanese. That one (on the right side of his hip) is a buttonâ€¦ thatâ€™s obvious.
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
JB: I tell you what, I wasnâ€™t so bad in lessons but I was a bit poor at concentrating. My mind always used to be thinking of something else – I was always thinking about racing.
Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
JB: Someone I really admired was Alain Prost – his driving. I also admired Nigel (Mansell), who was always fun to watch. Outside of Formula One, there wasnâ€™t really anybody.
Q: Do you collect anything?
JB: Cars and watches – the typical habits of a racing driver.
Q: What was your first car?
JB: It was a bike. A little Yamaha 50cc, when I was seven years-old. I was very lucky.
Hey! Isn’t that question one of F1B’s go-tos?
Anyway… there are a few more good ones at the site. And if I thought Grace wouldn’t be reading this, I’d mention the picture of Jenson’s girlfriend, whose legs, I reckon, are longer than Bernie is tall.