Former Formula One driver and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button was at the Hungaroring circuit over the weekend with Honda Civic Type R where he set a new production car lap record of 02:10.19s.
The Hungaroring has special memories for the 2009 Formula One world champion who took his first Formula One victory here with Honda in 2006.
Speaking about setting the new record, Button said:
We came here to the Hungaroring, where I won my first F1 race in 2006 with Honda, to set a new front-wheel drive production lap record in the new Type R, and I’m very happy that we did it!
Button went on to talk about the new Honda Civic Type R saying:
The first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane was how neutral the car was. I come from a background that is not front-wheel drive focused, so it was very different for me but because the Type R is so well balanced it was instantly really enjoyable and more natural.
Button was surprised by the braking on the car, saying:
The thing that surprised me most is how late you can brake with this car. The manual gearbox works really well, too. Most cars these days don’t come with manual boxes, so it’s nice to have that manual feel. You always feel a lot more connected to the car.
Jenson concluded by saying:
This new Type R is a mega bit of kit, as they always have been, and it’s definitely not lost any of its charm.