04/04/2014 07:41 BST | Updated 04/04/2014 08:59 BST

Bahrain Grand Prix 2014: Jenson Button Celebrates 250 GPs (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Jenson Button will reach a major milestone on Sunday when he becomes only the fifth man in Formula 1 history to start 250 grands prix.

Britain's 10th and most recent world champion is currently the elder statesman of F1. His F1 career began in 2000 at the age of 20 - he was the youngest driver to start a grand prix - but success did not come quickly and 113 grands prix passed he won his first, in Hungary in 2006. Fortunately for him that unwanted record has been surpassed and now rests with Mark Webber, who finally tasted glory at the 130th attempt.

So to what does the 34-year-old attribute his longevity in F1, a sport notorious for showing little, if any, sentimentality for drivers if they fail to deliver?

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"I'm like a duracell bunny," he told The Guardian.

Essentially, at 34 Button is still immensely fit. As well as the physical and mental demands of his chosen sport, he is a regular fixture in triathlons. He knows how to look after himself.


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Barring any mishaps, Button will this season move ahead of Jarno Trulli (252) and Riccardo Patrese (256) for the number of race starts. Beyond that he's staring at Michael Schumacher (307) and Rubens Barrichello (322). it's not unreasonable to think that he could match one or both of their achievements - Schumacher was racing well into his 40s - but motivation will clearly play a major part in any decision.

However, that's for another day. This weekend we celebrate Button's achievements with 250 photos from his F1 career.