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Jenson Button reveals how he failed his driving test on the first attempt

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Anyone hoping that Jenson Button is really good at giving out advice about how to pass your driving test – think again.

The British world champion failed his first attempt after making someone coming the other way crash into the curb.

Button re-lived his driving test during a recent Facebook Live question and answer session, and when he was asked for tips about passing, he admitted that he's not the guy to be asking.

“I’m probably the wrong person to ask for this.

“Because I did not pass the first time – I failed my first driving test.

“The lady that was the instructor taking the test, she said I went for a gap that wasn’t there.

“So I felt I was ok, I went for this gap, but you’re supposed to give way to oncoming traffic; the lady coming the other way hit the curb, so I failed for that.

“So, I don’t blame myself for the failure, racing drivers never do!

“But I passed second time, but that’s how it is.

“Good Luck!”

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When it was brought up that a lot of racing drivers do fail there road driving tests on the first attempt, Button admitted that it was the nerves of the situation.

“Exactly! A lot of us fail first time I think," he added.

“I think that being relaxed – try and be relaxed as possible.

“Remembering what you have learnt and it’s always when you’re stressed – that you make more mistakes; so stay relaxed.”

It’s not the first time Button’s first test failure has been in the press, but why do so many racing drivers fail their tests?

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Back in 2009, his former driving instructor Roger Brunt said this: "He failed his test because he got into racing mode and nipped through a small gap on a notoriously narrow road without blinking an eyelid.

"The examiner didn't like it because it was too close to comfort, but Jenson took it on the chin that he had failed.

“He was annoyed with himself for what he did, but you have to accept defeat every now and again.

“He knew exactly what it was all about from the word go and he handled the vehicle perfectly.

Scroll to 02:51 to see Button talk about his driving test.

“It was his speed of mind that really impressed me: he was very quick with his thinking. That obviously helps when you're racing because you need to be able to make split second decisions.

"For Jenson, learning to drive on the road was just about getting used to being among traffic that was going a lot slower than he was used to.

“He did have a tendency to be a bit quick, but I told him to watch his speed and he did exactly what he was told."

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