Championship points after Japan

Drivers’ championship standings

Driver Points
1 Jenson Button 85
2 Rubens Barrichello 71
3 Sebastian Vettel 69
4 Mark Webber 51.5
5 Kimi Raikkonen 45
6 Lewis Hamilton 43
7 Nico Rosberg 34.5
8 Jarno Trulli 30.5
9 Fernando Alonso 26
10 Timo Glock 24
11 Heikki Kovalainen 22
12 Felipe Massa 22
13 Nick Heidfeld 15
14 Robert Kubica 9
15 Giancarlo Fisichella 8
16 Adrian Sutil 5
17 Sebastien Buemi 3
18 Sebastien Bourdais 2
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
20 Kazuki Nakajima 0
21 Nelson Piquet Jnr 0
22 Romain Grosjean 0
23 Luca Badoer 0
24 Jaime Alguersuari 0

Constructors’ championship standings

Driver Points
1 Brawn 156
2 Red Bull 120.5
3 Ferrari 67
4 McLaren 65
5 Toyota 54.5
6 Williams 34.5
7 Renault 26
8 BMW 24
9 Force India 13
10 Toro Rosso 5

Drivers’ championship battle

Drivers' championship battle (click to enlarge)

Drivers' championship battle (click to enlarge)

Japanese Grand Prix

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14 comments on Championship points after Japan

  1. John H said on 4th October 2009, 8:21

    If we get rain at Interlagos, Vettel might just have a tiny chance of snatching it.

    • TommyB said on 4th October 2009, 8:26

      A Button DNF is needed and with the reliability of the Brawn GP car there is 0.01% chance of Button not finishing

  2. Scribe said on 4th October 2009, 9:06

    Button needs to finish fourth…
    well Barrichello’s probably going to win it, so I’d say Brawn 1-2 at a track where they should be strong to wrap up the season.

  3. Harv's said on 4th October 2009, 9:55

    if Mclaren want to beat Ferrari, kovi needs to step up! big time! its so close but you never know when fisco might start scoring points

  4. pitt layne said on 4th October 2009, 11:02

    Vettel squashed everyone in Japan. Why wouldn’t he have a similar car, mechanically, at Interlagos. The backend of the track might suit some other cars but from the final turn to the first half, I don’t see a lot of difference. The Brawns need to band together or have the drivers go against each other. Rubens should get a mental boost from his home track. Button is too English to go rogue and do something extreme. Either way, they better wake up. Or else we’ll see another British driver choke at the last second.

  5. Mcclaaren (Y) said on 4th October 2009, 11:36

    Anytime Brawn Say The Next Circuit Will Suit Them, Mclaren Always Win Or On The Podium!


    I Really Hope It Goes To The End Of The Season With Jenson Winning But After A Champions Display In Abu Dhabi.

    If He Doesnt Produce A Champions Display Then He Shouldnt Win

    Ok Winning 6 of the first 7 Races Is Amazing, But Since Then Hes Been Shambles! A Point There Another Here


    Id Love Vettel & Ruby To Be Within 10 Points Of Button In Abu Dhabi. Would Be Very Interesting!

    • Nitpicker said on 5th October 2009, 13:31

      If He Doesnt Produce A Champions Display Then He Shouldnt Win

      Winning six out of seven races isn’t a champion’s display?

      • SaloolaS said on 5th October 2009, 15:30

        Those 6 races he had by far the fastest car and the easiest one to drive.

        • Kovy said on 8th October 2009, 1:30

          And Barrichello has driven better over more races, it just so happened he didn’t have a dominant care when he was on form.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys said on 4th October 2009, 13:17

    Vettel really needs some results to go his way if he wants to win. On the other hand, if Button gets fourth or fifth in Interlagos, it’s pretty much his regardless of where the others finish.

    If He Doesnt Produce A Champions Display Then He Shouldnt Win

    First of all, posting entirely in caps isn’t on. It’s against etiquette and the forum’s software prevents it, but capitalises every first lett, which makes things hard to read.

    Secondly, people are being too critical of Button simply because he’s been off-form in the second half. If this were Hamilton, Alonso, Raikkonen or Massa that we were talking about, you’d all be commending them for holding onto their title chances so well.

  7. Mikeduke said on 5th October 2009, 7:54

    I don’t really get what all this extra talk about the title race being more open now.

    Before Japan, Button needed 15 points to guarantee the championship.

    After Japan, Button only needs 6 points to win!

    Job done!

  8. kallan said on 6th October 2009, 7:54

    So mathematically Vettel needs a win and second place without Button scoring? Sounds very unlikely now

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