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Motor racing-Button laughs off Coldplay confusion

Fan mistakes the English race-car driver for fellow countryman and Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin

Chris Martin and Jenson Button
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Chris Martin and Jenson Button

Suzaka, Japan: Formula One world champion Jenson Button knows plenty of good tracks but he was taken aback when a confused fan recently mixed him up with a global rock star.

"I had an American come up to me at the airport, Heathrow, a few months back and she said 'Me and my family are big fans of yours'," the Briton told Reuters in a light-hearted moment at the rain-hit Japanese Grand Prix.

"I said 'Wicked, thank you so much. I didn't think Formula One was that big in America.'," he recalled.

"And she said 'Yeah, we've got all your records, all your albums.' I was, like 'Fantastic. you think I'm Chris Martin don't you?' and she went 'Are you not?'"

"I said 'No, I race in Formula One cars'. So she said 'What's your name?' and I said 'Jenson Button'. Then she said. 'Ah, my family are big fans of yours'. And I'm like, 'Yeah, of course they are.'"

Martin, husband of Hollywood movie star Gwyneth Paltrow, is the singer-songwriter frontman for big-selling British band Coldplay and also comes from south-west England like the 30-year-old McLaren driver.

A perceived resemblance between the two men has been highlighted on several lookalike websites.

Button is no stranger to admirers getting his name wrong, however, with his close entourage sometimes teasingly referring to him as Jason Burton after similarly confused encounters.