Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Button clinches Formula One Championship

October 18, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Dreams are meant to be lived and Jenson Button has finally achieved the ultimate in Formula One as his fifth place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix guarantees he’ll be the 2009 Formula One Grand Prix World Champion. They still have a little work to do in Abu Dhabi but Button is fifteen points ahead of his closest competitor Sebastian Vettel and seventeen points in front of his team mate Rubens Barrichello as they head to the last race of the year.

Jenson Button celebrates his victory in style

Jenson Button celebrates his victory in style

The overall race was won by Red Bull’s Mark Webber, just ahead of BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica, last year’s Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in fourth, just ahead of Button. Raikkonen had to make a few crucial changes to his car and strategy during the race but was still able to finish sixth, Sebastien Buemi finished seventh ahead of a dejected Barrichello in eighth, Heikki Kovalainen finished ninth, but this could change once the investigations are finished, while Kobayashi had a great first showing for Toyota with a tenth place finish.

The race from the start was a chaotic affair as heading into the first corner we had our first indication of what was to come as Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil touched wheels. Coming out of the bend in the track Sebastian Vettel collided with Heikki Kovalainen, which forced Kovalainen to spin into Giancarlo Fisichella way and force him onto the grass to avoid a full speed collision. A little further down the track Jarno Trulli lost control of his car in the straight stretch and took Adrian Sutil off his racing line with him. Sutil lost control of his car and as it came back onto the track after spinning off, he appeared in front of Fernando Alonzo, who had no where to go but into Sutil. The safety car had to be brought onto the track as the debris left on the track by the crash was removed. Jenson was able to make his way through all of this and the remainder of the chaos on this day and finish fifth, a remarkable achievement considering the facts.

Jenson’s fifth place finish is also notable for three other reasons. First, besides guaranteeing him the 2009 Formula One drivers crown and Brawn the constructors crown, his fifth place finish also makes him the tenth British Formula One champion. Second, it makes him in combination with Lewis Hamilton the first back to back British Formula One champions in history. Third, it makes Brawn a truly historical team by winning the Formula One constructors championship on their first try.

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