Button Claims the F1 Drivers’ World Title

In Sports on October 19, 2009 at 21:02

Button titleIn what was an exciting race, Jenson Button steered clear of trouble to win his first World Championship, securing the Constructors title along with Rubens Barichello for Brawn Mercedes by finishing in fifth place. The start of the race provided many incidents, with Trulli, Sutil and Alonso being involved in an accident which took all three out of the race, prompting the release of the safety car. In another incident on the same lap, Raikonnen was forced to pit for a damaged front wing. At that time, Kovalainen who also pitted, was released with the fuel hose still attached to the car, spilling fuel a into Raikonnen’s path and causing a short inferno which thankfully caused no damage. These incidents compromised Raikonnen’s good start, the Finnish driver finally finishing in sixth place.

Polesitter Barichello, who stayed out of trouble and led the race initially could not equal the overall pace of race winner Mark Webber and second placed Robert Kubica, a late puncture further adding to his misery in his run to eighth place, too far behind to maintain his title challenge to Button. Vettel, who also had a mathematical chance of the World Championship, could not fight for victory or the championship after starting the race from fifteenth place. He finished in fourth. Lewis Hamilton produced a great run to the final podium position after starting in seventeenth place. His team McLaren were adamant that, had he started higher in the grid, he would have fought for the victory.

In a season with many new regulations, Brawn Mercedes, by being more prepared than all the other teams and starting the season so well have won both the Drivers and the Constructors championship with a race to spare. By the time teams such as Red Bull and Mclaren (with Ferrari giving up their 2009 challenge at an early stage to focus on 2010) had caught up in terms of pace, they were simply too far behind. While the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi will be a free for all as drivers look to end the season on a high, the similar regulations next year will allow all teams to be better prepared as teams now focus for the 2010 Formula One World Championship.

by Sketch


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