New home proves perfect for Button to unwind
It is an incongruous sight watching a man addicted to speed at one with the languid pace of island life on Guernsey.
The McLaren driver has learned to time his swims to the tidal patterns of the English Channel and to zip on a wetsuit against its chill waters.
Buffeted by island breezes, he cycles along the coastal roads and runs round the island's cliff-top paths, stopping to ask directions from a group of the island's retired female residents.
"It's an absolutely beautiful island," Button said in an interview which will be broadcast on BBC One's pre-race show for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"It is so different from the circus we live in. Our job is flat out all the time, especially with McLaren.
"I need this to relax and recharge the batteries and Guernsey is the perfect place to do it."
Button's definition of rest and recuperation, however, extends beyond sampling the island's famous ice-cream on one of its beaches.
The 30-year-old is training for another tilt at the London Triathlon on 8 August, after finishing last year in a new personal best of two hours and seven minutes round the Olympic-standard course, which involves a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run.
"Resting for me is fitness training," says Button, who is competing to earn money for the Make A Wish charity.
"When I'm cycling round the island I'm thinking about nothing but cycling. I don't want to be day-dreaming about racing all day and when I get on the bike I feel like I'm in another world."
Button says he began competing in triathlon three years ago to lift him out of a low period in F1 when he was struggling at the back of the field with an uncompetitive Honda.
"The car was tough to drive and we weren't getting the results we thought we deserved," he explains.
"For me, triathlons were something that was down to me and my fitness.
"Now, I really enjoy the pain in the triathlon of chasing someone down. It's a bit like chasing down Nico Rosberg in the last few laps at Silverstone - it makes you feel alive."
His triathlon training dovetails with the physical fitness he needs for the rigours of racing.
Contrary to popular opinion, F1 drivers are highly tuned athletes and need strong necks and legs, supple arms and cardiovascular conditioning similar to a marathon runner.
"You're pulling 4-5G for a lot of the corners around the lap," explains Button. "We build up lactic acid because there are a lot of vibrations in the car, and you have to have strong legs to hit the brake pedal. We need to be fit to do every lap at 100%.
"I'm excited by [the grand prix in] Hungary and then there's the triathlon. Fingers crossed I'll do a good job."