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VIP & Kart | Jenson Button: “A gentleman… with balls”

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16 January 2023 • 11 min. read
The Englishman was a boy with an angelic face, tall, slim and always correct, even on the track. With the competitive ferocity, however, that only great champions have. Here is the unfiltered story of Jose, his mechanic at the time of karting, who reveals some unpublished aspects about the F1 world champion

A few words are enough for Graziano Cerino, founder and owner of Tecno, the historic kart manufacturer, to share his thoughts on Jenson Button, as he knew him in his karting days: “He had the talent, as an individual, but all of us were very close-knit and so it worked”. Among these close-knit people there is also Jose Pecora, still today part of the Tecno staff, at the time a mechanic of the English driver. In the 2009 F1 the world champion faced his journey in international karting on board the chassis built by the Italian manufacturer and was pat of the GKS team, led by the owner of the Genk track Paul Lemmens: “Besides having a well-structured team , Lemmens prepared the engines, while we supplied the chassis,” explains Jose. “Because Jenson was very gifted, although he didn’t have any money, we came together to help him”. Jenson Button’s show on the karting world stage started in this way, with a group of professionals who noticed him, recognized something special in him and decided to support him. “I saw him for the first time during a day of testing in Genk, Jose tells us, who continues, I was impressed because he was extremely constant, like a jackhammer. His lap times were always within the same hundredth of a second.” An expert mechanic like Jose easily understood the driver he had in front of him and confirmation came from their first races together: “Moving from Junior to Formula A (the Senior class in single-speed karting at the time, with 100 cc engines) he came second in the world championship in Valence (in 1995, won by Gustao Fraguas, editor’s note). He could have won, but he had rightly calculated that it was better to be runner-up rather than withdraw, considering that the track was very narrow and therefore you had to take risks to overtake”.

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