Button rents mum motorhome after hotel fire

Silverstone: Formula One champion Jenson Button will have his mother staying on a campsite near him this weekend after a fire swept through her British Grand Prix hotel.

"I`ve rented her a motorhome," the McLaren driver, who is also staying at the circuit ahead of Sunday`s race, told reporters on Thursday.

"All the walls (of the hotel) were burnt but that`s where the firemen were, in her room. It was put out pretty quickly, but all of the clothes stink from the smoke."

The hotel, just a mile or two down the road from the circuit, had to be evacuated in the blaze late on Monday night.

Button said the fire had started only two rooms down the corridor from where his mother Simone had been staying.

"It does make you think," he said. "Normally when I hear a fire alarm I stay in bed. It makes you want to get up now, doesn`t it."

McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton and Button are first and second in the championship at the halfway point in the season.

Bureau Report

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