Just when you think you're tough enough


Formula 1 driver Jensen Button disqualified for speeding at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, California

When the 2009 Formula One world champion, Jensen Button is all too familiar with speed, he might not be interested in slowing down.

Jensen Button at the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in California. (Instagram)

Despite finishing third in the 35-39 age category of the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Oceanside, California, Button was disqualified from his earned qualification to the world championships in Kona, Hawaii. The former F1 driver was caught going too fast through the transition area which requires triathletes to slow down on their bicycles.

The triathlon started with a 1.9km swim in the open sea at Oceanside, before continuing on for 90km on the bicycle and finishing with a 21km run. Button has been pursuing Triathlon in the off-season for Formula 1 racing and has a triathlon race in his own name to support charitable causes.

At the swim start of the Ironman Oceanside 70.3 California. (Instagram)

“Swim went well then I jumped on my awesome new bike to find that I hadn’t charged the battery for the gears so I was stuck in the toughest gear with 900meters of climbing,” said Button in his Instagram post.

“Ran a 1hr23min off the bike which I was pretty happy with, finished 3rd in age group so qualified for the World champs only to be disqualified for speeding in a go slow zone. Ah well onto the next one!”

Jensen Button warms up to the Ironman Oceanside 70.3 California with a pre-race jog along the beach. (Instagram)

Source: Instagram