Button vs Barrichello

The hottest topic in the Top Gear office today is the title fight for the World Drivers’ Championship, now realistically down to just the two Brawn drivers.

It’s an interesting situation for a team whose car hadn’t even turned a wheel at the beginning of the year, especially as Brawn’s Ross the Boss is standing by his decision to let Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello sort it out on-track between themselves.

As Martin Brundle mentions in his column over on BBC Sport, all the Brit has to do now is to win one or two of the remaining races, and follow Rubens home for the rest, in order to bag the title.

And it’s interesting to note – as my brother just pointed out – that they are yet to race in Brazil and historically Sao Paulo isn’t Barrichello’s, erm, best circuit.

If you check out Ruben’s Brazilian GP results over the years, you’ll be more inclined to place money on Jenson for the Championship:

2008: 15th
2007: Retired
2006: 7th
2005: 6th
2004: 3rd
2003: Retired
2002: Retired
2001: Retired
2000: Retired
1999: Retired
1998: Retired
1997: Retired
1996: Retired
1995: Retired
1994: 4th
1993: Retired

Makes for interesting reading doesn’t it?

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I agree with what “said said said said said” (#14) ………. ermmmmmm said.

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JB beated Rubens in Honda and now in Brwan as well. Fact that JB has more points today is the fact that he is the best today.

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Hmm, I really don’t know who will win. And didn’t Barrichello get more points then Button in the 2008 season ?(in response to 27.)

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Am I the only one who thinks that posting the words ‘first’ (or actually any other number) and then ‘comment’ should result in a permenant ban from topgear.com?

(PS 29th comment)

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Definately Button. He’s undoubtedly the quicker, we can look back to seasons gone for more proof, and his recent mental state leading to disappointing results may have flattered rubens a bit.
In the ruthless world of F1, rubens being a nice guy and having to endure playing second fiddle for years doesn’t give him my vote for a worthy champion!

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although I will admit rubens is definately quick and driving out of his skin right now!

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Martin Brundle summed it up on TV yesterday,and it goes somthing like this Rubens needs to win the next 4 races to catch Jenson,and all he can hope is that Jenson comes lower down the points at the end of the race.Like Said,said,said commented earlier I can say I honestly like both drivers and either one of them would be a worthy world champion!
The odds are in Jenson’s favor,however as we all know that anything can happen and normally does so roll on the remaining races and some good old racing we hope.

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Rubens, for sure. He won’t let this one slip away, it might be his last chance and he knows it.

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Rubens Barrichello deserves to win simply because he’s got the most passion.

Don’t think just of it in age or even being biased towards the country of origin.. it’s passion.

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And its the only time when Rubens did get more points than Jenson. Rest of the seasons Rubens was poor.

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GO RUBENS!!!!!

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my money is on Button.

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They both deserve to win it, but I think Rubens will keep a cool head and slowly creep closer to Button and with luck he wins.

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I really hope Barrichello wins it, because as others have already said, he deserves it most. Many years he was in the shadow of Schumacher. He deserves to be at least once the world champion after the longest career in F1.

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And what happened 2 years ago? When Lewis was so firmly leading the championship. So I would say, though it’s unlikely, but still anything is possible.

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JB still has a hefty lead on Barrichello really, I’d have to say he’s probably going to take it… Even if Ruby wins every race left, JB only needs 26 more points and since they’re in the same car it’s very possible that will happen. Glad it’s between those two though!

Also Lotus are now on nest season’s grid! Woot

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post 40

what happened 2 years ago was the stupidity of mclaren and hamilton trying to take the world championship by winning a race that they didnt need to win.

I dont think ross brawn will let that happen, i think they will both race it out till the death but for me 14 points is to much.

with rubens on a dodgy gear box and button seemingly back up to standard i think button will take it

i would also love to see button win the WC and for people to stop saying he deserves nothing!!

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Rubens FTW!!! If he doesnt win the wdc, I hope he wins the Interlagos race..

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As an Englishman i want to see Button win the WDC, but i want to see him really prove his worth. I have yet to see any overtaking moves or charges from behind that really make him worthy of the title. A bit like Damon Hill really. If Buttons wins, i think it could potentially be an underwhelming experience for the majority of F1 fans. Alonso, Massa, Hamilton and Raikkonen for example, just seem to have so much more about them as racing drivers.
I’m looking forward to seeing Hamilton and Alonso go head to head again in competitive cars (hopefully) next season, the duels between those two in 07 were some of the most exciting iv seen for years.

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button does not deserve to win i know people who raced karts with him he would never greet you and only won because he had stupid amounts of money and therefore the best equipment. He has only built up this massive lead because his car was by far the best for ages. not through any driver talent.

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You are nr. 1 driver if you can use the potential 100% if there is.

I dont know why everyone are thinking that button deserves win only in case he wins all gp-s.

He is nice guy with good humor. At least im not expecting him to be superhuman without any weaks. Everyone has ego so does he. You cant be everyones favorite anyway.

He is very talented driver (remember that when Ferrari dominated then he was nr 3 with Honda – and it wasnt the 2nd best car). He drives very good under pressure (havent seen him making mistake under pressure, except first year)and he attack when he can (latest example Monza> Kovalainen)

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looks like the season will end just like i wanted it to – brawn gp winning both championships. i am pulling for rubens tho, as jenson still has many years left in f1

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Come on Barrichello! You can do this!

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i want to see barichello win this and prove that age is irrelevant, and skill is what counts.

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I really hope Button wins, Good luck m8

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