Jenson Button and Brawn GP Clinch Formula 1 Championships
The Brazilian Grand Prix proved to be the key element to the Formula 1 Driver’s Championship yet again. Jenson Button, driving for Brawn GP, finished fifth in the race, allowing him to snag the title. Button’s victory also helped Brawn win the Constructor’s Championship in its first year of operation.
Button started from the 14th position on the grid yesterday after being eliminated in the second round of a rainy qualifying. He didn’t stay there long, as the first lap saw several cars eliminatedafter a pileup in the Senna esses. After the first lap’s carnage, Button was sitting ninth behind the safety car. From there, Button raced to a fifth-place finish behind Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing, Robert Kubica of BMW-Sauber, McLaren-Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing.
Button’s rival heading into the race was his own teammates Rubens Barrichello, who sat pole position on the starting grid but suffered from bad tires and a puncture, pushing him to an eighth-place finish. Button’s fifth-place finish gave him a total of 89 points, 15 more than the runner-up, Sebastian Vettel.
In the Constructor’s Championship, all Brawn GP needed was to have one car finish higher than eighth place to obtain the lone point the team needed. With a total of five points awarded to the team after a fifth- and eighth-place finish by the two drivers, Brawn GP celebrated double championships with both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships.
Red Bull Racing was again the only other constructor challenging for the title, as Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes fought for the third place slot. With one race to go, only one point separates McLaren-Mercedes’ third place from Ferrari’s fourth. The final race takes place in two weeks at the brand-new Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit.
Source: Official Formula 1 Website