Button's top five races

Brendon Netto 2/10/2016
300 Man: Jenson Button

Jenson Button became only the third driver in Formula One history to feature in his 300th Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing in ninth place.

The Englishman reached the landmark previously crossed by only Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.

Having begun his career 16 years ago in 2000, Button has since won 15 Grands Prix and one Drivers’ Championship in 2009.

Here’s a look at his top five races.

HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX, 2006

Button’s first win as a Formula One driver. The Englishman started 14th on the grid but wet weather and a safety car allowed him to slice his way through the field for a long-awaited finish at the top of the podium.

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX, 2011

The Brit was quickest in every practice session but narrowly missed out on pole position in qualifying to Sebastian Vettel. In difficult wet conditions though, Button was in complete control once he gained the lead.

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, 2009

Button has had better performances than this one over the years but it remains one of the most notable in career having clinched the Drivers’ World Championship at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit.

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX, 2012

Arguably his most dominant performance, the Spa circuit saw Button register his only pole position with McLaren. He led every lap of the race and stormed to an emphatic win.

CANADIAN GRAND PRIX, 2011

Arguably the finest win of his career and one for the books. Button overtook Sebastian Vettel in the last lap of Formula One’s longest-ever Grand Prix.

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Malaysia Grand Prix top 10

Hamilton was leading with 15 laps to go when his engine exploded. “No, no,” cried the Englishman as flames appeared at the back of his car, leaving Ricciardo leading teammate Max Verstappen.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg survived a first-bend spin involving Sebastian Vettel and a 10-second penalty to take third place and extend the gap over Mercedes teammate Hamilton to 23 points with just five races remaining.

Hamilton was almost in tears with his head in his hands after the dramatic end to his race which has dealt a severe blow to his chances of securing a third drivers’ championship in a row.

He had looked all set to snatch back the lead from Rosberg, who was relegated from second on the grid to 21st after he was hit by Vettel on the first bend.

Vettel was forced to retire with a broken front suspension in the incident that also involved Verstappen.

Hamilton had got away cleanly form pole position and sped off into the distance, clear of the trouble behind him.

He looked to be heading for a comfortable win until his engine let go in the most spectacular fashion.

An ecstatic Ricciardo celebrated his first win of the season on the podium with a “shoey” — drinking champagne from his driving boot.

Verstappen, who turned 19 on Friday, celebrated his podium finish and his birthday by also drinking the sweaty cocktail.

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Who will win in Malaysia?

Lewis Hamilton blitzed his rivals in qualifying Saturday to secure pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion clocked the fastest lap ever of the 5.543km Sepang circuit in 1min 32.850sec to finish more than four-tenths of second ahead of Mercedes rival and championship leader Nico Rosberg.

Third on the grid will be birthday boy Max Verstappen, who celebrated turning 19 on Friday before clocking 1:33.420 a day later, less than 0.2sec off the pace of Rosberg.

Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo completes the second row of the grid for Sunday’s race.

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