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Jenson Button puts burgulary behind him

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Jenson Button insists he has made a full recovery from the harrowing ordeal in which he and his wife Jessica were allegedly gassed in their sleep by burglars.

The McLaren driver was staying with friends in a St Tropez villa earlier this month when thieves broke into the property after reportedly pumping anaesthetic gas through the air conditioning vents.

The burglars stole valuables worth around £300,000, including Jessica's engagement ring.


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"You never want anyone in your house who you haven't invited when you are there and asleep," said Button, who arrived with his wife in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock on Thursday following Formula One's four-week summer break.

"It's always scary but it is behind us now. We are healthy, well and both looking forward to this weekend.

"I'm sure it is not the last time it will happen to someone, but hopefully with all the reports it's going to make more people aware and that's the most important thing, so it doesn't happen as often in the future."

Button spent the final week of the sport's summer shut-down in Japan with his wife's family. But after what has already been a disastrous campaign, Button arrived in Belgium facing the prospect of yet another arduous race.

Both he and team-mate Fernando Alonso are set to be hit with grid penalties for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix after taking on their seventh Honda engine of the campaign.

However, Button hopes the new ruling regarding start procedures could help to ease the pain.

All of the drivers will now have to set the clutch bite point themselves rather than rely on their mechanic to determine it for them. The premise is that is should lead to unpredictable getaways and more dynamic racing.

"We will start at the back of the grid but with turn one here you never really know what is going to happen," Button said.

"We would have been in the middle of the pack so you can always end turn one with a wheel missing, so starting where we are is not such a bad thing. We might make up four or five places."

Button added with an ironic smile: "I have heard that the starts are really complicated now - we have to think for ourselves and I'm scared about that."

Button earned only his second points finish of the season at the chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix after he placed ninth. It marked a double points finish for McLaren, with Alonso crossing the line in fifth, but Button warned against reading too much into the result.

"The 14 cars we were racing all had a little bit of a problem one way or another, so you have got to be a little bit careful about reading into our outright performance," he said.

"It was a great result for us to get good points but I don't think we can take too much from that at the moment."

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