They said that Jenson Button would, at best, limp to the World Drivers’ Championship title at the next race in Abu Dhabi, but he proved the critics wrong with a breathtaking drive at the Brazilian GP.
With some stunning overtakes early on in the race, it was clear Button wanted to take the title home with him today – and didn’t put a foot wrong the whole race.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel drove as hard as he could to make up for yesterday’s qualifying mistakes, but he just couldn’t do enough to stave off Button’s charge.
And Jenson’s teammate Rubens Barrichello had a tough day as soon as he slipped back to second place, after the first pit stops, behind eventual race winner Mark Webber (Red Bull).
Button has had a stunning season from the off, winning six of the first seven races and then maintaining his championship lead with a little luck. And whatever his critics have said, he is now the 2009 World Drivers’ Champion.
And I, for one, am pleased as punch for him. (I also predict that he won’t turn up for his PR duties at the Bluewater shopping centre on Tuesday.)
So what do you think – a worthy champion or a very lucky boy?