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Jenson Button’s Helmet Tribute to Father John During McLaren’s Test at Jerez

Jenson Button finally got out on track for McLaren on the second day of the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain, and when he did he had a message to his father John on his crash helmet. John Button died earlier in the month at the age of 70 but had been a popular and well-known figure in and around Formula One. He had been instrumental in Jenson's breakthrough into the sport. With his traditional helmet tweaked to depict Papa Smurf, Jenson's message for his father was a simple "RIP Papa," per McLaren Mercedes' official Twitter account: RIP Papa - a touching memento on the helmet of @JensonButton. — McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 29, 2014 The name is one Jenson had often used for his father—he had wri...

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