Five-way title battle

  • If Alonso wins in Brazil, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than fourth
  • If Alonso is second, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than eighth, Hamilton higher than fourth or Vettel wins
  • If Alonso is third, he will be champion unless Webber finishes in the top 10, Hamilton in the top four and Vettel in the top three
  • If Alonso does not finish on the podium, it will go to Abu Dhabi
  • Button can only stay in contention if he finishes first or second but is out if Alonso finishes in the top six or if Webber is in the top two
  • Vettel must beat Alonso on track to stay in contention
1 ALONSO 231pts
2 WEBBER 220pts
3 HAMILTON 210pts
4 VETTEL 206pts
5 BUTTON 189pts
Source: BBC

Looking back – Monaco GP 2009

In last year edition of Monaco, Brawn GP cars dominated the race with a 1-2 and Jenson Button won the race.

Vettels wins inaugural Abu Dhabi GP

2009 season ended at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi with a win for Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull driver scored a one-two Sebastian-Vettelwith teammate Mark Webber and World Champion Jenson Button third. This was Vettel’s fourth win of the season and it was also the third time Red Bull scored a one-two this year.

“The car was fantastic, it worked brilliantly on both tyres. it was a pleasure to sit in the car,” Vettel said. “To sum up the season: up and down. The car is getting quicker – it’s a shame the season is ending.”

Race favorite Lewis Hamilton did not finish the race due to rear brake problems. After qualifying on pole yesterday Lewis Hamilton was expected to win the race and end season in style for Mclaren. But after his early exit all eyes turned to Kovalainen and Raikkonen. But Ferrari had a miserable day in office with both Raikkonen and Fisichella struggling for pace. All three drivers finished off points and Mclaren secured third in constructor’s championship.

The otherwise boring race had a decent finish when in the last two laps Webber and Button were fighting for the second place.

F1 season end with huge driver shuffle expected and it will be back with 13 teams (14?), no refuelling, no KERS, no Mosley (:D). 133 days till it all gets going again!!

Jenson Button: A deserving champion

Jenson Button has entered into the history books by clinching 2009 WDC with a race to go. He now has an 15-point Push the Buttonadvantage going into the season’s final race in Abu Dhabi on 1 November.

Much has been written about him not being a deserving champion. I feel that all that talk was trash and Jenson Button is indeed a deserving champion. Jenson winning 2009 WDC is a reward to his loyalty and patience. He spend 2 years before 2009 in an uncompetitive car and just before the start of the season had an uncertainty of even driving a F1 car. Honda announced departure from the sport and only last minute efforts by Ross Brawn and Nick Fry could manage the existence of Brawn GP team. Jenson has to even take 40% pay cut to keep on driving a car. After such uncertainty, if a driver wins a WDC its is down to his sheer hard work and the team.

Jenson has more victories under his belt than any other drivers in 2009 season.  He has also collected points to build on his championship lead when his rivals were not able to do so. Vettel might have been closer if he hadn’t made mistakes in a few races. Barrichello might have been closer if his pace hadn’t been mediocre in a few races. But Jenson did what champions do i.e. collect sufficient points to clinch the title.

Every car has its strengths and weaknesses. Jenson maximised his points tally by taking the full advantage of strengths and even taking points during the points of weaknesses.

On the point of Hamilton, Raikkonen, and Alonso not being in competitive cars until late in the season… so what? There really isn’t that big of a gap among the drivers; most knowledgeable people in F1- drivers, engineers, etc.- say that the gap from the best driver to the worst driver in terms of raw quickness, all else being equal, is about three tenths of a second. That’s not really a huge gap.

Last but not the least, his title clinching drive at Interlagos where he started at 14th position and finished 5th should dismiss any doubts over his ability.

Congratulations to Jenson Button from Fastformula contributors and readers.

Button champion as Webber wins at Interlagos

Jenson Button emerges champion after Brazilian GP after he finished fifth. Button who started the race at 14th was running 9th after the first lap massacre in the race. At that situation he found himself behind 3 rookie drivers and then he started making one bold pass for another to finish 5th in the race.

First lap

In the meanwhile his title contenders could not do anything to hold Button from winning title in Brazil. Rubens Button esctaticBarrichello took the lead at the start of the race but his race began to unravel after the first pit stop he made. He came out in the middle of the pack. In the meanwhile Vettel passed him and Webber had a clean pit stop to emerge as the leader of the race. With 10 laps to go Lewis Hamilton passed him for 3rd place and in the process clipped Barrichello’s tyre, forcing him to take another pit stop to finish at 8th.

Vettel could also finish 4th in the race from 16th, one place ahead of Button.

Meanwhile, Mark Webber and Robert Kubica ran away from others and finished 1-2. Kubica had a sensational race and BMW responded to the pace of the Red Bull at all parts of the race and of Brawn GP till Barrichello’s pit stop. Hamilton finished 3rd to complete the podium.

Turkish GP: Button wins again

Can anyone stop this man now? Jenson Button is on the roll. Every single factor is falling into his lap during race  3534760weekends.  Sebastian Vettel started from the pole position in this years Turkish Grand Prix but his Red Bull ran wide  during lap one and certain Button marched towards victory number six.

“Today the car was the best it has been this year,” said a delighted Button

In the morning there were rumours that FOTA teams might not race but nothing of that sort happened.

Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel dropped to third place finally after team didn’t switch him from previously decided 3 stop strategy to 2 stop strategy as used by Webber (2nd) and Button.

Massa’s defense of Turkish GP didn’t end as he would have expected. Ferrari driver struggled throughout the race and finished sixth. Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth.

Button increases his lead in the Drivers’ World Championship to 26 points over his team mate Barrichello. All but over!

Monaco GP: Jenson does it again

monaco_grand_prix_skyMonaco GP is the epitome of Formula 1 racing. Only Le Mans 24 hours and Indianopolis 500 comes in the same league. In this edition of Monaco GP, Jenson Button led Brawn GP cars 1-2 along with Rubens Barrichello for third time this season. Button now has 5 victories in first 6 races and race by race he is closer than ever to WDC. The race was not classic and Button led from start to finish. There was not a single mistake throughout the race that he made. Brawn GP cars are way ahead of the pack right now and this looks like their year through and through.

The World Championships table currently stands as follows:
1. Button 51 pts
2. Baarrichello 35 pts
3. Vettel 23 pts

Table doesn’t lie!

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