Congratulations to Jenson Button and Brawn GP

A report on the stunning Brazilian Grand Prix will follow at some point this week. I will also consider the vexed question of whether Jenson Button deserves to win the World Championship.

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting Button to seal it in Interlagos, especially after his poor grid position. So I must confess that I hadn’t really factored in the possibility when I planned my week ahead! So unfortunately, a more in-depth analysis will have to wait for a few days.

However, what I will say just now is that after the way Jenson Button drove in Brazil, he was fully deserving of what he achieved. It was as though he woke up on Sunday deciding that he would be World Champion come what may.

He was aggressive and ballsy — the things everyone was saying he’d forgotten to be in the second half of the season. He pulled off some of the best overtaking moves there have been all season and in my view was seriously impressive.

It is never good when a driver wins a Championship while not winning a race. It is a bit of an anti-climax. But in this case it didn’t feel like a damp squib. Jenson Button may not have won the race, but it was no leisurely drive to 5th place. He fought for it and as such took the Championship in style.

Congratulations must also go to the Brawn team. As was widely predicted, they faded away as the season progressed and they got swallowed up somewhat in the development battle. But the fact is that they had the fastest car, and one with bullet-proof reliability at that.

Considering how much their backs were against the wall last winter, you have to say that the Constructors’ Championship has gone to the best team. And the team spirit shines through. No doubt there is an intense and special bond between team members because of the difficulties they went through last year. This probably made them stronger and gave them the resolve to fight as hard as they did.

Congratulations to Jenson Button and Brawn GP.

7 comments

  1. You are right, Jenson drove fantastically at Brazil. Perhaps if he’d driven like that a bit more often during the season (and the rest of his career, but I digress) people would not be questioning his worth as a champion. Afterall, a WDC is not made on the strength of one drive alone…

    While I am pleased for him & Brawn, I still can’t say I am happy to see his name entered for ever in the history books as 2009 WDC. I just don’t see him as worthy of the position, sorry.

    And how about Webber ! His win got swallowed up in all the Button-hype but what a drive. In fact, what a race ! THAT is how a grand prix should be. More of that & less of the processions please, and we’ll all be happy.

  2. Remarkable race. Maybe it’s the skinny old track, maybe it’s the wet quali…

    But I maintain that the secret to good racing with lots of fascinating overtakes is to put slower cars in front of faster ones. Works every time!

  3. Remarkable race. Maybe it’s the skinny old track, maybe it’s the wet quali…

    But I maintain that the secret to good racing with lots of fascinating overtakes is to put slower cars in front of faster ones. Works every time!

  4. And it was funny how the BBC coverage felt so rote and awkward… Right up until the cars left the start line. And then it was golden.

    (After having read so much about Daniela Mercury in Paglia’s Salon columns, it was a shame that the audio dropped out.)

  5. And it was funny how the BBC coverage felt so rote and awkward… Right up until the cars left the start line. And then it was golden.

    (After having read so much about Daniela Mercury in Paglia’s Salon columns, it was a shame that the audio dropped out.)

  6. A great race for sure, but a poor champion. He built his championship on the first five races, dominated by means of a “suspicious” diffuser only to stroll for the rest of the championship. It is true that his race at Interlagos was brilliant, but for me it doesn’t hide the fact that Button does not deserve the same treatment as First-Class Champions, such as Hamilton or Villeneuve (also one-time winners). I rather regard Button as a good pilot who had the luck of being in the right place at the right time, joining the ranks of Damon Hill or Keke Rosberg.
    I am saying this because I feel that this season was spoilt by the “diffusergate”, which prevented a true and disputed competition.
    Nevertheless, hats off for Button, Barrichello and Brawn.