What do childbirth, a Grand Prix circuit and Jenson Button have in common?

What do childbirth, a Grand Prix circuit and Jenson Button have in common?

No, we’re not referring to the desire of many female F1 fans to have Jenson Button’s babies – instead we have an unusual story of a delivery at the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit!

Melbourne couple Gareth and Rachel Andrews had a rather premature arrival when their son decided he would arrive in the world eight weeks earlier than his due date.

While the couple was en route to their local hospital, the young bub had other ideas and Rachel realised that her ‘birthing suite’ would be the boot of their car.

Is little Jenson Andrews Formula 1's youngest fan?Gareth had no choice but to pull into the pits at no less a location than the Grand Prix circuit, and the youngster arrived before the ambulance could get there with a delivery speed that would rival many a Formula 1 pit stop.

“Just as we were approaching Albert Park she said ‘yep it’s coming’," Gareth told 7 News.

“I just panicked and took a left onto the track and parked up on the nearest lay by.

“There was plenty of people travelling to work,” he added. “Rachel and I apologise for what they may have seen.”

With the couple keen motorsport fans – the British expats have visited the Australian Grand Prix every year since they emigrated to Australia – they opted to name the newborn ‘Jenson’ in honour of their favourite F1 driver.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.