Button: Some days I’m an arse

Date published: April 12 2012

Jenson Button admits he’s not always Mr Nice Guy despite the image that he projects to the media and the public. In fact, he can be an “arse”…

Jenson Button admits he’s not always Mr Nice Guy despite the image that he projects to the media and the public. In fact, he can be an “arse”.

After a difficult start to his F1 career in which Button was branded a “playboy” but then team boss Flavio Briatore, the Brit’s image in more recent years has come across as squeaky clean.

However, in a rather candid interview, Button admitted that he’s not always a good guy that is portrayed to the media.

“We all have days when we’re stressed, even when times are good. That’s about being a human being, I guess,” the 32-year-old said.

“But I definitely have days when I’m an arse, a side of my character I don’t show to you guys (the media).

“I keep that under wraps because I am quite a private person when it comes to my personal life.

“But I’m not as relaxed as people may think. Maybe it’s just the perception from the outside.

“But there are two types of people in every sport – one who is running towards something and one who is running away from something, and I still don’t know which one I am.

“I know I love what I do, and I hate the days when I don’t do very well, but I love the days when things go well.

“I just couldn’t go through life with nothing. I need the highs and lows – and I hate the lows – but the highs make them worthwhile.

“Even when you get the lows you have to stay strong and try and be as positive as you can.”