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Jenson Button's father John dies aged 70

John Button with his son Jensen in 2009. Credit: Felix Heyder/DPA/Press Association Images

Formula 1 driver Jenson Button's father has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70.John Button, who has been a strong guiding force behind his son's career which includes winning the 2009 world championship, was found dead in his home on the French Riviera by a friend yesterday.

A statement released by the driver's agent read: "It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home in the South of France on Sunday.

"John's children Jenson, Natasha, Samantha and Tanya and the rest of the family are clearly devastated and ask for their privacy to be respected during this extremely difficult time."

Button and Becker send best wishes to Schumacher

Formula One driver Jenson Button and former German tennis star Boris Becker have sent their best wishes to Michael Schumacher on his 45th birthday, as the seven-time world champion remains in hospital following a serious skiing accident.

Schumacher's family has reportedly been briefed by doctors this morning on his condition.

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Button's 'sadness' at marshal's Grand Prix death

British Formula 1 driver Jenson Button has spoken of his "shock" and "sadness" at the news a race marshal was killed during the closing stages of the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) confirmed the worker was killed at the circuit in Montreal after helping to move Esteban GutiƩrrez's damaged car.

The marshal reportedly attempted to retrieve the radio he had dropped and fell under the wheels of a mobile crane. He was later transferred to the Sacre-Coeur hospital but died as a result of his injuries

Lewis Hamilton left red-faced after hitting out at Jenson Button

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