"He could do it standing on his head, I should think," says Damon Hill when I ask him whether Jenson Button is really 'up' for his Formula 1 return.
The 2009 world champion will sub for Indy 500-bound Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix (as you may have heard...), but the first time he will have driven the 2017 McLaren-Honda MCL32 will be in Thursday morning free practice. That's not for lack of opportunity, but a coherent choice - which seems odd to me.
Now, Jenson clearly has nothing to prove to anyone. Seventeen seasons in the top flight, 305 grand prix starts, 15 wins, 50 podiums and that surprise title for single-season Brawn GP eight year ago. He was an exceptional F1 driver and a popular guy with fans and insiders alike.