Marathon man Button steps up race preparations with 20-mile run at Dubai Autodrome
15:01 GMT, 29 October 2012
Jenson Button will take to the track this week and put in the miles in a different way as he prepares for his first crack at a marathon.
Outside of a Formula One car, Button has become renowned for tackling triathlons, mainly a half-ironman event which comprises a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13-mile run.
The 32-year-old McLaren star, however, has never run a marathon, but is due to enter one in Hawaii in early December as part of a month-long winter programme on the island ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Next challenge: Button will run a marathon in Hawaii next year
To prepare for the event, Button and trainer Mikey Collier are to run six laps of the 3.6-mile Dubai Autodrome on Tuesday, amounting to 20 miles.
Button said: 'It's good to do training in hot conditions, which is perfect for this weekend's race in Abu Dhabi.
'It's also good for my weight. It keeps it down. If I run I lose so much weight, which I need because you're limited on weight when you are a tall driver.
'And have you seen marathon runners They're quite skinny.'
Asked as to his thinking on opting for a marathon, Button said: 'It is just another challenge, a mental challenge.
'I'm not going to set a quick time because it's a tough hilly course. The quick guys, the Africans, they will run it and be 10 minutes off the world record, so that tells you it's not a quick circuit.
'But for me it will be mentally very challenging, and I love doing that sort of stuff, pushing yourself.
Triathlete: Button has already been involved in a number of races
'It will also be the start of training for next year, so it's a good place to start.
'I'm not looking forward to next year too much just yet, but I'm obviously excited about next season.
'Hawaii will be the perfect place to prepare, to refresh myself for the year.'
Button, the rest of this campaign has become about enjoyment, and
extracting as much information as possible to aid his cause in 2013.
current campaign has been a rollercoaster for Button with more lows
than highs, with the 32-year-old 99 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel in
the wake of the German's four consecutive wins.
could only manage fifth in yesterday's Indian Grand Prix as Vettel
emphasised his dominance with a third successive lights-to-flag victory.
In terms of what can be learned from the final three races, Button said: 'We want to end the year with some good results.
next year's car there are not a lot of rule changes, so it will be a
development of what we end this year with, and everything we put on the
car now we could use next year.
particular, understanding why one tyre works for us and another doesn't
is something that's important. We still don't know why that is.
don't know if it's something to do with the geometry of our car, but it
was transformed for both myself and Lewis (Hamilton) from the first to
the second stint.'