Jenson Button is F1 world champion

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

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244 comments on Jenson Button is F1 world champion

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  1. theRoswellite said on 19th October 2009, 14:37

    Oh, that reminds me…..

    When was the last time two different British drivers won the championship in consecutive years?

    Answer: (56-46) kralC dna seetruS

  2. What do you recon for Button winning next year’s title? If he really is as smooth as everyone says he should have a significant advantage when refuelling is banned and tyre management becomes paramount. And just because I can’t be bothered to trawl through the net, does anyone know what is going to happen in qualifying next year? Is it going back to 12 laps, because I can’t see the point in having Q3 if they start the race with full tanks? How about Q1 and 2 with full tanks, Q3 low fuel and then start with full tanks.

    • Next year Q3 will be just like Q1 and Q2, in that it will be low fuel and unlimited laps.

      So we should get to see the cars at their fastest, under the current rules we never get to see the quickest lap possible as although in theory it should happen in Q2 we have seen on many occasions that if a driver’s first run was good enough to get him in the top ten he wouldn’t go out to do another lap even if it meant he wasn’t top of the time sheets in Q2.

      I think getting rid of qualifying with race fuel is one of the best changes to happen to F1 in years.

      • Can they change setup after Q3? At least this year there was a reason to run Q3 with different weighted cars so a different challenge for the driver between Q2 and 3 and more risk with strategy vs grid spot. Theoretically now you should be able to set the grid after Q1 or 2 if you can’t change the setup. The challenge between doing a fast lap in Q3 after you already experienced the same car in Q2 shouldn’t be so great. It will be like the old days, pre 12 laps, but with the knock out stages added for a bit of artificial drama, if anything easier, less cars on the track to get in your way. If you’re quick it looks like it will be easier with the only very small drawback of marginally more car wear.

  3. Derek said on 19th October 2009, 16:26

    Well done to Jenson Button and to the Brawn GP Team who all did a great job this season.

    I just think it’s great that we have two British WDC’s competing in F1 at the same time. It’s almost like the great 1960’s when we had three or was it four racing at the same time. We had Surtees, Clark and Hill with the young up and coming Stewart (not yet a champion).

  4. Ratboy said on 19th October 2009, 21:35

    How can so many people say that Button didn’t deserve this years title,

    This years title race was at least a million times better than those god awful processional races at the beginning of the decade when Ferrari won everything.

    Plus JB didnt purposefully drive any one off the track OR use team orders.
    Fair play to the man, bet Frank Williams is regretting dropping him for Montoya!!

  5. The Limit said on 20th October 2009, 3:48

    @someonewhoagreeswithTheLimit.

    Much appreciated. It makes me laugh how, in all sports, you get a certain element that complain that so and so is not a worthy champion. That he, or they, don’t deserve to be called the best in the world.
    The trouble with that theory is that the F1 World Championship is a long, hard fought, competition in which the margins between success and failure are measured in mere fractions of time.
    Champions don’t become champions by accident, over the course of a season, they are the ones who make the least mistakes and make the most of those made by others. That goes for all the drivers lucky enough, and skilled enough, to win the greatest prize in all of motorsports.
    For the rest, there’s always NASCAR!

  6. wasiF1 said on 20th October 2009, 8:55

    Schuamcher is alone in Germany,hope Vettel will be there sooner rather than later.

  7. Anthony said on 20th October 2009, 18:37

    Whats next???? Nick Heidfeld a deserving world champion?
    Jarno Trulli world champion!!!
    Mark Webber world champion!!!!

    whats next? Just because somebody had a tremendous ammount of car advantage compared to his next rival doesnt mean hes a “deserving” world champio. He’s just a champion of luck.

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