Jenson Button is F1 world champion

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Six wins in the first seven races put Button on course for the title
Six wins in the first seven races put Button on course for the title

Jenson Button has won the 2009 F1 drivers’ championship.

He climbed from 14th to fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix thanks to a combination of a crash at the start of the race and several bold passes by the Brawn driver.

He was already in a position to win the title when fortune dealt another blow to his team mate. Lewis Hamilton passed Rubens Barrichello for third with ten laps to go and clipped the Brawn’s left-rear tyre in the process. Barrichello was forced to make an extra pit stop, and fell to eighth.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for Button’s career. He spent the last two seasons in the doldrums as Honda produced two woefully uncompetitive cars.

The Japanese manufacturer quit F1 at the end of last season. But Button stayed with the newly-formed Brawn team, taking a pay cut as 40% of the staff were laid off to cut costs.

His loyalty was rewarded as the team’s 2009 car proved a triumph. He won six of the first seven rounds, giving him a 26-point lead over team mate Barrichello.

Although Button has struggled to repeat his early season form, he has continued to collect points regularly. And whatever the final racs brings, no driver will win more races this year than he has.

Countries’ champions

Button takes the world championship title from fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton. It’s the first consecutive championship win for a British driver or drivers in four decades: Graham Hill winning in 1968 and Jackie Stewart in 1969.

By a strange coincidence Button won the championship by finishing fifth – just as Hamilton did last year.

Britain now has ten different world champions, who have won 14 titles between them, more than any other country:

1. Britain 14 (Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button )
2. Brazil 8 (Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3))
3. Germany 7 (Michael Schumacher)
4. Argentina 5 (Juan Manuel Fangio)
=5. Australia 4 (Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones)
=5. Austria 4 (Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3))
=5. France 4 (Alain Prost)
=5. Finland 4 (Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi Raikkonen)
9. Italy 3 (Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2))
=10. United States 2 (Phil Hill, Mario Andretti)
=10. Spain 2 (Fernando Alonso)
=12. New Zealand 1 (Denny Hulme)
=12. South Africa 1 (Jody Scheckter)
=12. Canada 1 (Jacques Villeneuve)

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2009 Brazilian Grand Prix

244 comments on “Jenson Button is F1 world champion”

  1. Richard Evans
    18th October 2009, 19:43

    Well done button, fully deserved!

  2. what was the odd that a driver with the car number 22 (last team numbers) wins the WDC 2 years in a row!

    1. And that they win it by coming in 5th!

      1. fun stat

      2. And its a brit in a british car winning it at Interlagos!

        1. with a mercedes motor :)

      3. and that they are both british

    2. And both times it happened in brazil

    3. And it was in Brazil both times

      1. Both times in Brazil, then :)

        1. interlagos was in brazil twice.
          What’s the chances of that!

  3. What a fantastic performance! Guy’s got balls and shows it to the whole world today. Well done, Jenson! Two British world champions in a row which is fantastic either.

  4. StrFerrari4Ever
    18th October 2009, 19:58

    Congratz to Jenson even if he wasn’t my ideal choice for WDC but hey he took the opportunity with both hands.
    2010 will be much tougher for him to defend the title as Ferrari & Mclaren get back to the front aswell as the more determined Red Bull’s bright times for F1 people!

  5. Let me get this straight. He scored few points last year, winds more races than anyone else this year, with a team with a cut staff… and he is a mediocre champion. Maybe the Ferrari hat is cutting off the circulation to your brain.

    Button deserves it. He was the best driver this year. PERIOD!

    1. best driver of the year? Probably not. Best car? Yes. Better than team mate? Yes. Will he deffend his title or win another championship? Probably not, (without another major rule change),

      1. if he wasn’t the best driver, who was? i can’t think of anyone else who pulled out the consistency of button. he didn’t necessarily remain at the top for the whole season but he didn’t make any mistakes that i can remember. a thoroughly deserving world champion. congratulations Jenson!

        1. Ok we all know Button is no Alonso or Hamilton. but when you have the best car it is alot easier t think that the driver is driving the best out of the feild. If everyone was in the same car i bet Bitton would not be on to.

          Congrats to Jenson. However i did not like his attitude after the race. In the press room when he arrived, no1 was there and he yelled “where the hell is everyone! IM F*****G WORLD CHAMPION!”

          1. i would argue that if the FIA hadn’t been so obviously biased against McLaren, Lewis would have won the 2008 crown just as easily

  6. Congratulations to Jenson. He deserved and his driving today was a worth champion driving…

  7. Ultimately, even if Button didn’t drive the way he did today, he’d probably still have clinched the title.

    But the way he drove today was a true champion’s drive – and it reminded everyone why he is NOW the 2009 World Champion. :)

    BTW, does anyone know the song/score the Beeb used for the Jenson/Brawn Champions Montage?

    1. If you can post link Ill be able to tell you, I have this song ID thing on my mobile

    2. If you can post link I’ll be able to tell you as I have this music ID thing

    3. If you post link I can tell you

      1. sorry for multiple comments there it was my laptop!

    4. I believe it was Ashes by Embrace.

      1. Thanks, iBlaze. But there was one other song they used though – something from Masters of the Universe, I think. Anyone familiar with that?

        1. and what was that croaking from Button! Bloody hell, the guy nearly shuttered my ear drums – and that was just on TV; what about his race engineer who had to listen to the entire charade!

  8. He drove like a champion today. However, I reckon that if he had tangled with Grosjean, Kobayashi or Kovalainen in one of his many battles as he easily could have then the condemnation would have been pitched. Anyway, well done and congratulations to him and R. Brawn.

    Barrichello has to imagine himself cursed. How on earth did he drop 15-20 seconds on Webber in one stint? And then the flat to finish him off. He must be crushed.

    Most amazing was Lewis’s race. If had managed to get around BAR in the second stint maybe he could have caught Kubica. Whitmarsh gets a gold star for strategy—for choosing the right set up strategy yesterday and nailing the race strategy today.

  9. A fantastic race and massive congratulations to Jenson Button, an unquestionably deserved Championship win following a truly championship drive from Jenson! I was rooting for Barrichello but Jenson finally put an end to all the nay sayers and doubters, good on him.

    That was surely the best race of the season. More of these please. :)

  10. A British driver in a Mercedes-powered car 22 wins the WDC by finishing 5th in Brazil, beating a title rival from Sao Paulo who had been number 2 to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari for a number of years. Spooky.

    1. What a fantastic race! What a fantastic season! Not in all the time I have been watching has there been such a mix up of teams’ strengths and weaknesses changing race by race. Fantastic stuff.
      Now we get get to see a race with all the pressure off, on an untried track, with twilight racing and the most dangerous pit exit ever. What a treat. Should be mental!

    2. I was gonna point that out. You beat me to the punch!

  11. By a strange coincidence Button won the championship by finishing fifth – just as Hamilton did last year.

    Another coincidence, both had the number 22 on their cars…

    1. I wonder who’ll have car No 22 next :)

  12. This has been a truly great season as ALL teams have at various times been capable of a podium and the same teams potential candidates for failing to get to Q2 at other times. Not to mention Briatore, Mosley and other off track diversions.

    When we went to Silverstone it looked like the tide was going Red Bulls way, McLaren looked very lacklustre and Force India would never be competitive. A worrying sign though there was one driver today who should not have been out there – Kobayashi has a super licence ?? Incredible.

  13. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
    18th October 2009, 21:07

    True champions drive by Button, fantastic overtaking, very worthy champion.

  14. I too was seriously impressed with Jenson’s driving today, and the Brawn story is just a fairytale.

    I’m surprised at the Villeneuve bashing though. Don’t let his previous attitude and the fact that he made a great car only look good in 1997; he is still a fantastically gifted driver who, like his old man, entertains with his driving talent.

  15. All this talk of undeserrving stems from the last 3 seasons before, If Hamilton, Raikkonen or Alonso, posted Butoons second half season results, none of them would have been WDC.

    I’m no Hamilton Nuthugger but some could argue the FIA were tryign to steal the title from him last year. And Alonso drove ridiculously to take the title from Ferrari.

    But what I found most interesting was JB himself saying “today’s drive deserved the championship” makes me think he believes his accomplishments up til then were not enough.

    Anyway fairplay to JB,Ross and co, World Champions, not their fault they were not challenged better by the others.

    1. MarK Hughes on sums it up about ‘preconceptions’ ie: “he can’t be deserving this year because he was rubbish last year”
      Well JB was pretty good today.

  16. Well done Button and many many congratulations.Despite my cynicism about the his route to the championship, i find myself happy that he, rather than the fony Barrichello, who has come out on top, i love the pictures of him and his dad; john must be so proud and he should be, he must have scarificed much to get his boy in F1; with a little help from Sir Frank of course.
    Jeneson is not the best driver out there, but he kept his head when the chance came his way, made less mistakes than his contenders and came out on top.
    For those of us who have followed F1 for more thna 10 years, we know what Barrichello is made of, despite the e-spin; he’s an over hyped journey man there because of his family’s money and not even in the same league as Masssa. But i guess “..he who pays the piper calls the tune…”

    Well done Jenson, the World Championship stays in England for another year; heres for the next…i have my fingres crossed for a Lewis/Jenson battle down to the wire next season………

    1. That would be great to see them battle, but with equal equipment, Button loses to Hamilton. JB is a second tier driver, which is nothing to be ashamed of in F1, as they are the world’s best.

  17. Congratulations JB and Brawn GP. What a fighting performance and some truly exceptional overtaking moves – and all season, not just today. Two very well deserved championships. Those who continue to describe JB as a mediocre driver and act like this is a dark day in the history of F1 will probably continue to do so regardless of this excellent article in the Telegraph and Mark Hughes well informed piece on the BBC website, but that’s no surprise.

    I am disappointed for Rubens that he couldn’t at least get on the podium in his home race, he really does have dismal luck there, and my ideal result would have been to see RB finally win his home race with Button about half a second behind to clinch the title. But I am not going to complain about by far the most exciting race of the year, Button and Brawn as deserving champions, and also a Webber victory, the down to earth Aussie is like a breath of fresh air in F1.

    Days like today are the reason I have been an F1 fan for 25 years :)

  18. Well done to all at Brawn GP – and especially to Jenson – he had to start being aggresive to win the championship but he was and it worked and paid off only thing such a shame for Rubens – whether he has the chance to ever be in a competitive car and lead his home GP – it would be great but the way things are shaping up – it wont happen and not to win your own home race must hurt – again well done all at brawn gp

  19. Button ur a G, for sure.

  20. Congratulation Jenson – he did really well today! He had me slightly questioning his composure in the middle part of the season, but he did it in the end.

    Happily he proved he can be a real racer!

    My thoughts go to Rubens, he is a great guy and good driver.

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