Jenson Button to Tackle Triathlon Event in Hawaii

McLaren Mercedes have moved quickly to settle their motorhome at Sepang, in order to start preparations for the upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix as soon as possible. However, neither of their two drivers Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button will be attending those preparations this weekend.

While Hamilton is set to make a 21,000-km round trip from Malaysia to the UK to watch his brother Nicolas make his motor racing debut in the Renault Clio Cup, at Brands Hatch, his teammate Button will take part in the 14th annual Waikoloa Lavaman triathlon, in Hawaii, on Sunday.

Since multi-discipline events have been part of Jenson Button's life for a while now – the 2009 champion has so far competed in the London Triathlon a couple of times in the past – Button believes the new challenge ahead will also give him a great opportunity to prepare physically for the race in Malaysia.

Physically I am very fit, which in turn helps you mentally knowing you will be 100% on every lap,” said Button, according to “It's something I do particularly work on, but then as a driver you work in every area - nutrition, fitness, mental attitude, engineering, and obviously driving the car.

But I'm really excited about this weekend. It's going to be good, and great to do it in the humidity as well. It will really put me in the right frame of mind because getting used to the humidity is so important for Malaysia,” he added.

The Waikoloa Lavaman triathlon event is ran over an Olympic distance and includes the following: 10-km run, 40-km bike ride and 1.5-km swim.
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