Button hospitalised with 'eye irritation'

The 2009 world champion, who drives for the McLaren Honda team, was sent to hospital by the circuit medical centre at the Hockenheimring after complaining of an eye irritation.

The team's reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who replaced two-time champion Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix in April, is on stand-by.   -  getty images

Briton Jenson Button was transferred to hospital in Mannheim after complaining of eye problems during Friday afternoon's second practice session for this weekend's German Grand Prix.

The 2009 world champion, who drives for the McLaren Honda team, was sent to hospital by the circuit medical centre at the Hockenheimring after complaining of an eye irritation.

A team spokesman said: "Jenson complained of an eye irritation during FP2 and he has gone to Mannheim hospital to have a precautionary check-up."

The team's reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who replaced two-time champion Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix in April, is on stand-by.