He is the fourth child of South African Simone Lyons and former Rallycross driver John Button, who was well known in the UK during most of the 1970s for his so-called Colorado Beetle Volkswagen, before switching to a VW Golf Mk1 in 1978.
Button began karting at the age of eight and achieved early success, before progressing to car racing in the British Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula 3 Championship.
Button, who seemingly called time on his 17-season career in Abu Dhabi last November, will be back behind the wheel of a Mc Laren a week on Sunday when he replaces Fernando Alonso in a one-off appearance at the famous Monte Carlo race, while the Spaniard competes in the Indianapolis 500.
In 2009, Button began dating model Jessica Michibata. Established in March 2010, the Trust provides donations to a number of charitable causes. Other details from England and Wales Birth Registration Index.
Benson and Michabata announced their split after a year of marriage in December 2015.
The former couple had previously exchanged vows in a ceremony in Hawaii after six years together on New Year's Eve, having split briefly in 2011 before reuniting.
Following the withdrawal of Honda from the sport in December 2008, he was left without a drive for the 2009 season, until Ross Brawn led a management buyout of the team in February 2009, and Button suddenly found himself in a highly competitive, Mercedes-engined car.
He went on to win a record-equalling six of the first seven races of the 2009 season, securing the World Drivers' Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix, having led on points all season; his success also helped Brawn GP to secure the World Constructors' Championship.