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Posted By: James Allen  |  18 Oct 2009   |  11:22 pm GMT  |  107 comments

Jenson Button has made himself hoarse with shouting and celebrating his world championship victory, giving endless interviews.

He claims that today’s race was the best of his career to date,
” This was my best race I’ve driven in my life, I know because of the emotion that’s involved in it, but also because I knew what I had to do – I did it, and that is why I am sat up here as world champion, ” he said. ” I am going to enjoy this moment very much. The people around me have been so supportive. I might have come across like I don’t care about this in the past, but that was just me keeping a face. It shows a weakness if you show it is hurting or stressful, but I can say it now, it was very a tough few months and I needed the people around me, especially the team to fight for this.

The champion reflects (Photo : Darren Heath)

The champion reflects (Photo : Darren Heath)


“Today I didn’t win the race but I did best I could with the car and it felt like a win to me. I am the world champion – I am not going to stop saying it!”

Button admitted that he has made life difficult for himself in recent races, not least because of his uncertain qualifying form.
“Qualifying has been something I couldn’t get my head around for the last few races, ” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but it is something that we need to look at for the next race. I don’t want to be beaten in the next race as the world champion. Maybe it is the stress of it all, maybe it’s just that we haven’t got it together. I think it’s probably the latter.”

Certainly at the same time and in the same car, Rubens Barrichello was getting it together and putting Button’s championship lead under threat.

Ross Brawn made a reference to Button making hard work of it recently and it’s interesting to hear Button admit that maybe the stress and pressure got to him a little bit. He was definitely edgy before the podium result in Monza, which steaded the nerves a bit, but he kept getting himself into trouble in qualifying, which gave him too much to do in the races. He relied on the bad luck of his rivals through that time and after qualifying it looked like he might be in trouble again. But there is always a strong chance of either rain or a safety car in Brazil to give you a chance to make things happen and today he got a safety car.

He must feel a huge sense of relief above anything else that he has not thrown it away. Today’s race winner Mark Webber summed out the rivals’ perspective on Button’s state of mind recently, “I think he will sleep better now, because he’s been incredibly nervous, there’s no question about that, ” he said. “He’s been absolutely bricking himself the last few weeks, so he can sleep better now.”

Another strong result today for Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel moved him into second place in the championship and he can look back at the opportunities he had to win the title. Of the races he has finished this year Vettel has had a higher points average than Button. The crashes and reliability issues are what cost him the title.

Button admitted that there were points in his career when he thought he might not ever be champion, not least when it dawned on him in his second season in F1 with the Benetton team that he wasn’t mature enough to handle Formula 1.

Ironically, given what has happened this year with Nelson Piquet, Button was struggling at the Renault team in 2002 and was dropped by Flavio Briatore, his team boss. David Richards hired him for BAR, allegedly against the advice of Bernie Ecclestone and that started a relationship, which had many ups and down but has culminated in today’s success. His string of podiums in 2004 and the win in 2006 cemented his belief that he had what it takes to win in F1, he just needed the team to give him the car to do it in. He got that car this year,

“I suppose my second year in F1 was the toughest personally,” he said, reflecting on his low point of lack of belief. “After my first year it wasn’t enjoyable. It was enjoyable at Williams and got great results, but I really didn’t work hard enough. Basically I was too inexperienced and too young to be racing. The second and third years of my career were very difficult, especially my second. That is when I knew it wasn’t just speed, you can’t win races with just that. You need to work on many different areas and F1 becomes your life. That was the most difficult season.”

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1

I’m not a Jenson fan but I respect his points tally and consequently his WDC title.

Everyone above claiming Jenson isn’t a worthy champion needs to learn some manners. The WDC is the guy with the most points at the end of the year irrespective of how much talent some ignoramus on a chat room thinks he has.

Well done Jenson and well done all at Brawn.

2

It’s great to see the support for Jenson in the comments but I am disappointed that some people seem to genuinely believe that he doesn’t deserve the title.

I think the F1 world divides into two groups: racing fans and driver fans. And I think it is the “driver fans” who are questioning Jenson’s worthiness to the title.

If their “Boy” isn’t winning, then no other driver can be “worthy” of the championship. We saw it last year with Lewis Hamilton. The degree of vitriol from Alonso (temporarily converted to Massa) fans was incredible – with some idiots suggesting that Glock was in the pay of McLaren, slowing down so that Lewis could get his 5th place. And now, equally ridiculously, we have people suggesting that because Jenson hasn’t won recently, Barrichello is a more deserving champ. So what next? Should Bernie have the rules changed so that GP wins score higher towards the end of the season? Or maybe don’t bother with points until the last race? Or maybe just have premium rate phone line where the drivers get “voted off” during the season? That would certainly make some money for Bernie.

I remember being at Silverstone during the height of “Mansell Mania”. We were sat on the bank at Becketts, surrounded by “fans” who seemed to have no idea who the other drivers were (other than St Nigel). Amusingly, they got a bit confused and were cheering Prost’s Ferrari each time it went by, waving their Union Jacks, convinced it was “il leone”. These nationalistic nutters managed to put me off going to Silverstone until Nigel had hung up his (F1) helmet.

The good news, though, is that these “fans” come and go with their idols and leave the rest of us to enjoy F1, as I have been doing for 30 odd years.

We all have our favourites, of course, and may get disappointed if they can’t win, but that shouldn’t stop anyone appreciating the abilities of the bloke who strings it all together throughout the season.

So congratulations to Jenson and, maybe, next year I will be saying congratulations to Alonso, or Vettel, or Hamilton, or Webber or……

3

Brillant post Glen. I totally agree with that! Over the years I have admired many great drivers, supported a few and disliked a few more as well but I always acknowledged the achievement of the ones who delivered even if I was not necessarily a fan of them. What a real F1 fan wants to see is good racing irrespective of who the driver is or of his nationality.

4

Very well said! 🙂

5

Great Season overall and definitely the right man won. It was excellent to hear a driver giving it some on the radio, and a great celebration, by the man who was the stand out racer of 2009.

Well done Jenson and Brawn

With no re-fuelling in 2010 looking after tyres is going to be key which may play against Mclaren/Hamilton and Red Bull/Vettel who work pretty hard in the cockpit. Button could well be winning next year as well. If Kimi goes back to Mclaren my money it on him. He has been stellar in 2010

James excellent job on blog, and I’m looking forward to it continuing, I have one final question if i may. On Saturday Jenson was complaining about excessive understeer. When the teams look at the telemetry can they verify this (steering angle vs speed difference on the tyres etc) or it something they have to take the drivers work for?

My reasoning being how much of the qualifying errors that have been Button has committed in the second half of the season were in his head..

Still can’t be happy and looking forward to a free for all in Abu Dhabi

6

Corrections,

Kimi has been stellar in the second half of 2009

To the teams take the drivers WORD for things like understeer/oversteer

7

Based on most of the sensible comments here we can conclude that:

A. Button is a worthy champion

B. But he is not the best driver on the grid.

Hmm That’s sounds a bit funny doesn’t it?

8

Not really, because F1 is a team sport and, even though the driver has to do a bloody good job, he can’t do it without the car (and the rest of the team). Part of being World Champion is getting yourself into the right car at the right time. That has always been the case.

And how do you actually measure driving skill anyway? Even if you put the drivers in identical cars, that car may suit some drivers’ preferences (oversteer, understeer etc) but not others who might be quicker in another chassis.

The fact is: the world champion is the driver with more points than the other drivers at the end of the season. And even under Bernie’s medal system, Jenson would have been champ (ages ago).

There is no public phone in vote. It isn’t X-Factor.

9

Thanks for sharing interesting views.

I was rather contemplating the definition of world driver championship and started to question if it is just a marketing tool to keep everyone interested.

If it is a teamwork, there shouldn’t be driver championship, should it?

Most of the time, it is the machine that decides the title. The most talented drivers are just happen to be behind the wheel.

F1 business model is and has always been a constructor competition where interests are driven by debates.

And that’s raises a lot of questions towards its creditability as a sport.

Rules change -> certain team benefited -> a talented driver win championship

My friend(who doesn’t know F1) asked “Is Button is one of the best top 3 drivers?”

And I was like “Hmmm that’s a good question.”

10

I am not denying the fact that every championship winner is very very talented, including Button.

But it is undeniable fact that the competition does not always represent the best of the best.

Alain Prost said Lewis was very quick too. But the difference is that he can win in an inferior car. He can drives 0.7 sec faster than his teammate.

Zidane was may be the best footballer but he and his team was often beaten. It would be unfair to say that other team captain beat him for world footballer championship.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that F1 is the same as football, but a driver probably contributes just a bit more than what a team captain does in a football team.

So I am not sure if driver championship is as relevant as Bernie wanted it to be.

11

But the driver’s championship is still relevant if you take into account that part of the challenge is to get into the right team / car in the first place. And you can follow that all of the way back to where the driver started. Most of the drivers had to be outstanding to climb the ladder to F1. At the time Button came into F1, he was noted as being exceptionally quick (by Alan Prost, no less). Where he has lacked “skill” is not behind the wheel, but in career decisions – until this season, that is.

And besides, even though JB wobbled somewhat before Brazil, he was genuinely brilliant in the first part of the season.

The only question mark over his abilities, for me, is the “wobble factor”, but that happened to Hamilton too (twice) and I don’t think that it will happen to either of them again.

12

Hi Sam

Not really the WDC is for the most consistent driver but most F1 fans would not put Button in the sports top three drivers.

Personally I rate

Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton, Raikonnen and Webber

all above Button in terms of driving talent.

13

Yes it sounds a bit funny, but it has nearly always been that way Sam, right back as far as Stirling Moss – no world titles!!

14

Excellent effort by Button. he deserves the title, relative drop in performance over the year or not. He’s suffered in comparison to Schumacher’s dominance (doesn’t everyone?) but more in comparison to the Hamilton fairy tale and the “win young or done” mentality that’s overtaken the F1 world.

The man did the job and won the title. ‘Nuff said.

15

Jenson thoroughly deserved everything this season. He is a deserving world champion on the basis that he’s been the best driver this season in the Grand Prixs. Yes, he’s made mistakes in qualifying, but can anyone tell me any mistakes he’s made on race day this season?? Anyone? He has been pure perfection, gaining loads of points from starting positions which no one would have betted he would have got points from. Well done Jenson Button! The history books say it:

2009 Formula One World Champion – Jenson Button

and no one, no matter how bitter little people were making excuses that he didn’t deserve it, no one can take that away from him!

16

Well done to Jenson Button. I am not going to get into the whole argument on the worthiness of his championship but it is worth pointing out he drove the best championship of his rivals. Reubens was too inconsistent and slow to start while Vettel and Webber both made too many mistakes.It seemed that he was the only driver out there with his eye on the big pictue.Its been refreshing to have a break from decades of big 4 dominance over f1 this season

Looking forward, if one was to put you on the spot and ask you to pick a favourite for 2010 who who would you pick James and why?

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HI Ian

I agree 2009 has been a great year with the variety of winners and the general competiveness of the cars in the field. Thank God for Merc power.

As with 2009 maybe 2010 will have a few new surprises, wouldnt it be great if the Cosworth engine blew them away.

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Always dangerous until you see the new cars on the track in February, but its got to be Hamilton vs Alonso/Massa, Button and Vettel in my book. Maybe slightly favour Hamilton at this stage, as I think he has grown as a driver this year through adversity and McLaren ought to have a good car. Question mark there is Mercedes’ move towards Brawn and away from McLaren – will the impact be felt between now and 2011? It’s a big year for Ferrari and the pressure is building on them already.

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HI James,

Do you think the cost-cutting will affect some of the bigger teams? I suspect the first few stages of car development will have been completed, but at some stage McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull & Toyota will have to implement major changes to their staffing numbers. to have staff waiting to know where the axe might fall would not be good for morale. With Brawn having had ‘the pain’ of major staff cuts, do you think that they are in a better position to compete & develop their car all the way through 2010?.

PS

Thanks for the Bloggs this season, I can only say that they were excellent! The BBC’s loss has been our gain.

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I think it will yes, but all teams are going to phase it

21

Next year will I think more or less the same at this year at the start of the season.

I think the tyre degradation will be a significant factor in races and the best car/driver managing the tyres will be able to come on top.

I can see Jenson being up there with the best, he is smooth and can manage the tyres.

I am afraid but I also can see Red Bulls having a superb car next year, Newey knows now what to do with douoble diffuser and the aero pack from this year, McLaren might regret letting him go.

LH should have a fantastic season if the car will be at the same level or therabouts with the rest.

One question James: Will Bridgestone change the compound for the tyres of next season and will the super soft have a bigger advantage with less fuel on board at the end of the race?

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Don’t know that yet

23

Another big question mark is the unexpected replacement of Gilles Simon by Luca Marmorini at Ferrari. As the rules prevent most engine development the impact of that might be hopefully limited but that could still be a problem for Ferrari.

The combo Martinelli/Simon delivered many good engines for Ferrari but Toyota’s engine department for a long time run by Marmorini has yet to win a race.

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Great drive from Jenson Button. Worthy world champion, richly deserved.

The drive reminded me of Michael Schumacher’s last drive in 2006, overtaking, lap after lap on the limit. Excellent Drive.

I thought Kimi would of won the race but for losing his front wing. I just hope he goes back to Mclaren. I can’t stand to think of him in a Toyota.

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Harveyeight

“And although at the time I thought Piquet had it all, in talking to one of his mechanics, it seemed he was lacking in application. The chap was adament that Piquet ’switched off’ during the years he had 1 on his car. Looking back there seems to be a lot of evidence to support that.”

I don’t think that is right.

In 1982 & 1984 the BMW engine in the Brabham proved to be extremely unreliable, resulting in many DNFs. In 1988 the Lotus chassis was a pig even tough it had the Honda engine.

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Jensen is undoubtedly a deserving WDC.

6 wins, points in every race except Belgium where he was taken out by a rookie, and surely more overtaking than any other non-KERS driver?

Also, in the later half I have never seen a season with so many evenly matched cars, actually making it more difficult to close down the championship.

Is Button the best driver? No. But he is in the top 5, with Hamilton, Alondo, Raikonnen (when awake) and Vettel. I am still to fully be convinced by Kubica.

Is he the best qualifier? Absolutely not! And he can’t get the best out of an under-performing car, unlike the truely great drivers.

Probably a one-off champ, but that does not denigrate his win in any way.

27

I forgot about Massa! make Button one of the top six.

28

Now is the time for Bernie to pull the plug on Donington and let Silverstone get on with the job of getting ready for the British Grand Prix 2010 and let them start selling tickets so we can welcome home a new British World Champion.

29

A very nice and balanced article, James, from what appear to be some very nice and balanced interviews. Such honesty from a world champion is refreshing.

Drivers have always matured at different rates, sometimes from extremely raw material (Scheckter, Hakkinen) or even seemingly lacking potential (Lauda, Mansell). They cannot all be Senna, Schumacher or Hamilton on arrival. There’s room for all and one of the great appeals of F1 is that different seasons can have completely different feels and themes.

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Great comment. I sometimes wonder if I’m the only person who remembers that Hakkinen could barely keep the car on the track in his early days. As you say, not everyone started as a superstar, sometimes it takes time.

It’s pointless comparing too champions too closely across the years. The number of major rule changes for 2009 made it very different to the year before, and the changes for next will do the same again. But this year, with these rules, Jenson was the best by 15 points, and he deserves his time in the spotlight.

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A deserving champion, regardless of whether or not he should be said in the same ranks of Schumacher etc, which I think now appears the topic many people love to give Button stick for.

A great start is always crucial to a season. You only need to cast your mind as recently as Alonso’s 2006 season when it seemed he would dominate with 6 wins out of the first 9 races but didn’t even come close to winning again apart from a lucky win with Schumacher’s engine failure in Japan.

You also have to remember that only Ferrari and Renault were true front runners that year, whereas this season there have been several teams who could win at any Grands Prix in the 2nd half of the season.

And those who solely credit the championship due to the double diffuser, as someone mentioned earlier – what about mass dampers, and Michelin tyres? etc.

Button seems to restore the faith that overtaking is actually possible and not purely due to whoever has a heavier car at the start!

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First of all, I like the guy and I think he deserves more any other driver this year. Big congratulations to him.

Now, he should enjoy this year because it will never ever happen again for Jenson. His middle name is Lucky, no doubt about that. The race in Brazil summarise his year for him. After a more than dreadful qualification the luck was on his side all along.

4 cars out (Kimi, Fernando, Suttil and Jarno) on the first lap, a safety car to regroup them, then Rubens, again, manage to bring all the bad luck and have a puncher. If the puncher was the other way around Rubens will be 3rd in front of Lewis and leaving Jenson with 85 and Rubens with 79 and another race to go.

The whole season has been almost the same, he was able to win having no opposition expect Rubens because of the car. As soon the rest of the teams were provided with competetive cars he was unable to make podiums (except Italy) leaving along wins. His only black spot was SPA, nothing else.

The only GP that he managed to win pre-Brawn was again just by pure luck, a Renault guy failed to place correctly the bolt of the wheel in the best race of the Spaniar in Hungary 2006. Let’s face this is why his salary will never close to Hamilton, Alonso or Kimi.

For other drives, Vettel too many mistakes, and Ruben was not able to make happen when really counts. Mark was never a contender.

33

Excellent race, Jenson you deserve it.

James your blog is fantastic, your observations are always very interesting and insightful, plus importantly most of the comments that people write are done so by very knowledgeable enthusiasts.

34

Great drive yesterday – a very worthy champ, well done Jenson.

I think he will be even better next year, he will be more relaxed, have less pressure than in the latter half of this year, and he appears to be able perform in a less stressed environment.

Also, well done Mark Webber, a bit out of the limelight yesterday!!!

35

Important point here Roger, about Mark Webber that is, a great drive.

Does it remind you of Japan 1976 when James Hunt took the title and everyone forgets that Andretti won the race.

36

I think it was only natural for Jenson to be nervous and tentative towards the end of the season. He’d never been in that situation before and the only way he knew he would have a shot at the title at the end, was to be cautious. I think it’s unfair of some to say he had a good car to start with and that he’s not as good as other higher profile drivers.

Jenson did the best he could with what he had with how he felt at the time. I think DC said on Sunday, Jenson this year has won the same amount of races as Lewis the year before. It doesn’t matter which order you win races, it matters how you end the season. This is very true and Jenson has been in the points for the majority of the races. Diffuser or not, he won it fair and square. Williams had the same “advantage” but didn’t even come close.

Not sure about JB for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, but Brawn should definitely win Team of the Year. Amazing performance from them all and nice of Ross to thank past employees. You could see the whole year has been an exhausting and emotional rollercoaster for him and the entire group.

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Very pleased for JB and the team. The emotion in the voice of Ross Brawn remembering those who had to leave the team was an example of the man’s class.

The Brazil race was a fitting champions drive, running round the outside of Grosjean was edge of the seat stuff as well as the other fabulous moves.

I agree that in equal cars that Lewis and Alonso would have been faster but that said his consistency in the early part of the season was exceptional.

Lets hope that next season is about more that 2 teams, would be nice if Brawn, Red Bull and the big 2 challenge all the way next year.

38

Awesome race! Reminded me of Schumacher’s storming drive at Interlagos in 2006. Button is, without doubt, a worthy world champion. His overtaking moves this year have been a highlight of the season. Just reward for his natural talent and for his loyalty to the team last winter.

I hope Brawn can build a car that allows Button and the team to defend their championships next year and that we get to see Button fighting it out for the title with Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Massa and Raikkonen.

Bring on 2010!

39

Jenson Button – World Champion!

BBC Sports Personality of the year??

40

Thanks for all your great work this year James, there isnt a better place to find out the real story.

So a british driver, in a british team, with a mercedes engine & no. 22 on his car finishes 5th in Brazil to win the championship.

Identical to 2008!

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Without doubt the worst driver to ever win, world Cship, thereby degrading the title.

1 podium in 10 consecutive races says it all.

Any Jenson promoters will to offer me odds on him repeating the feat next year?

Admittedly he was good when his car was more than 1 second per lap quicker than all others – but as the others caught up he was trashed by oldest teammate in the world.

42

Wow, that Brawn must have been a hell of car to win 8 races in the hands of a tortoise and a dinosaur.

Many championship results can be debated. A few obvious ones: Hawthorn or Moss 1958; Hill or Von Trips 1961; Hulme or Brabham 1967; Hunt or Lauda 1976; Rosberg or almost anybody 1982; Lauda or Prost 1984; Hamilton or Massa 2008 – there are many others. In the examples, with the exception of ’82, the other candidate was, I think, very clear (even ’82 could perhaps be Pironi) but I don’t see a single clear candidate for 2009.

Button more or less wiped the floor with Barrichello in the first half of the year and Vettel has made mistakes in races; Webber has been inconsistent.

The winner is the man who does the best job with the equipment at his disposal over the course of the season. This year it was Button – and with some great drives along the way, too.

In terms of style, people will always have favourites. I found Senna more exciting than Prost but both were great drivers and I stil admire the latter’s inate smoothness and mechanical sympathy, as I do Button’s.

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His last victory was Turkey 9 races ago.

Championships have been won with only one victory so your argument carries little validity.

His best season may have been 2004(I think)

where he finished second by outscoring Schmacher

in the second half of the season.

44

I guess with the same success I could say that you are without doubt the worst “fan” ever to ever post here.

You obviously haven’t watched the F1 season at all. Did you just read the race results?

The Brawn GP was never 1 second a lap faster. besides from China onwards the Red Bull was faster or as fast as the Brawn GP. China they won, Bahrain, Spain, Monaco and Turkey they blew on poor strategy and driver errors.

45

Without doubt the worst comment ever posted here, thereby degrading the blog…

46

Yeah, he really sucked. Imagine having the fastest car on the grid for the first 7 races and only managing to win 6 times with it.

Sweet Jiminy…

47

“1 podium in 10 consecutive races” doesn’t say it all any more than “6 wins in 7 consecutive races”, and you can’t dismiss the fact that “the oldest teammate in the world” is also the most experienced driver in F1 history, who may well have won his own world title before had he not had to play unofficial second fiddle to Mr Schumacher.

As others have commented, there have been plenty of champions who have got there because in some seasons they were in the best cars (and that includes Schuey), and the statistical likelihood is that there will be many more. JB undoubtedly let the pressure get to him over the last few months, but after qualifying on Saturday was ruined by the team’s incorrect tyre choice he dug deep when he needed to and showed that he really did have in him what it takes to be a worthy champion.

As for being the worst driver to win the title, my first comparison would be how he eclipsed a certain Canadian former F1 champ when he was at BAR.

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JB has done a fantastic ob with the car given.

I am sorry to say but in recent years, very few so called best drivers in the world have been able to win without a great car.

Therefore we need to consider that Brawns had at the beginning of the season the best car and, believe me, Ross Brawn knew that he did not need to waiste a lot of resources in the 2009 car because of the advantage accumulated in the first part of the season.

Other teams, ie Ferrari partly, McLaren, Renault, Red Bull, have developed the 2009 car relentless trying to gain as much as they could in this season.

Brawns did not need to update the car every race and they already have developed the 2010 car for at least 5-6 months, ahead I guess of most of the contenders of this season title.

Moreover JB has done what it was required, win as many races as possible and then then manage when the car was not performing at the level of others or his grid position was not the best.

And he has done that.

At the ned of the day if he did not score more points then everybody else, he woudn’t be world champion.

Regarding the double diffuser, shall we remind ourselves of some of the technological advantages in recent years

Renault with a clever front dumper, banned

Ferrari with a clever movable wing, banned

Brabham with a turbo charged engine design for qualifying, banned

Just few examples

49

Do not forget that nothing provided almost 2 seconds a lap in the Barcelona testing.

Havind said this very bad for Rubens at the beginning.

50

James unlike many I won’t try to compare JB to any other Champion or driver. Neither will I claim that this title was about a Double Diffuser. But I think your article illustrates the fine line between success and failure. What if JB had failed to get a decent drive in 2003 after being ditched by Renault, or what if Ross Brawn had not been able to save the old Honda Team? These are questions that have answered themselves. The fact that JB now says he was feeling some of the pressure is not surprising. After Turkey, he kept saying that the WDC was not in his thoughts, but how could it not be? I think Mark Webber got it spot on. His comments on JB are also worth a read on the Autosport website.

During his press conference he said “he deserved to be WDC”. To me, this was a man, with his Prime Objective achieved putting two fingers up those who said that he was not worthy.

Jenson Button. 2009 World Drivers Champion. Congratulations!!

51

Sadly, I was unable to watch the race, but saw some footage on BBC this am, which featured some of Jenson’s excellent overtaking manouevres in his combative drive to WC glory.Congrats to Jenson on a fantastic achievement. He may not be the best package on the present grid, but he has won more races than anyone this year and more points, so his achievement is thoroughly deserving.Some WC’s won far less races in a season like Alan Jones and Jody Scheckter and were still worthy champions, so it seems appropriate to acknowledge Jenson’s achievement for what it is – a great achievement.

In the same breath, one has to equally laud Brawn. Ross’ ability to turn a very negative situation into a phoenix like story and produce the mounts for JB and RB to bring Brawn the Constructor’s Championship is another brilliant achievement.Well done to all at Brawn.

Formula One is richer for this team’s achievements.

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