It’s a team thing

Watching Jenson Button climb from the BGP001 in parc fermé after the Brazilian GP on Sunday, I couldn’t help but think about the glaring contrast between Jenson’s 2008 season compared to this.

Last year, as Jenson clambered out of his Honda, which he’d managed to drag home in a lowly 17th place, his car was on actual fire.

It was a good visual representation of Jenson’s year in the Honda, when he glanced at the flames licking up the side of the turgid My Earth Dreams paintwork, and just walked off, content with that fact that it was destroyed and he’d never have to drive it again.

It seemed like Jenson’s time in F1 could get no worse, but only a few weeks later it was his career that looked on the verge of combusting, rather than just his car.

Honda’s announcement that it was to pull out of Formula 1, because of the credit crunch, was as much of a surprise to its drivers as it was to the outside world, and Button was at an all-time low.

He paid a visit to the factory shortly after, and found he was lost for words. It took the crew of mechanics, technicians and office staff to pep him up, in typically British style. They told him they were carrying on work with the car, so he should focus on still being an F1 driver.

It picked up Button’s spirits, and proved to be good advice. Just three weeks before the initial race of 2009, Ross Brawn hung his name above the factory door, and Button did a shakedown of the first ever Brawn GP car, the now double-championship winning BGP001.

It was only a few days after that, at the Barcelona test, that the rest of the world started to realise what the former Honda squad knew all along – that this car was damn fast.

At the time, when asked how Ferrari’s 60th anniversary car was testing, Felpie Massa said they were doing great, until these new boys turned up. The BGP001 blew everyone else into the weeds.

For the first half of the season, Brawn destroyed all-comers, with Jenson racking up six wins from the first seven races.

He must have woken up everyday and pinched himself, marveling at the contrast of the previous season where scoring a point was the best he could hope for on any given Sunday.

Much has rightly been written about what an awesome driver and worthy champion Jenson is since he took the chequered flag in Sao Paulo yesterday, but we mustn’t forget what a flawless job Ross Brawn, Nick Fry and all the Brackley squad have done to put him in a winning car.

It’s only with hindsight that the best thing to happen to that whole team was for Honda to decide to knock F1 racing on the head. It’s strange how some times you think you’re down, but actually you’re way up.

And the most tantalising thing we have to consider right now is that the best is still to come. Next year’s season is going to be one to remember.

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Lol @ “Felpie Massa”

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Is Button going to show up for the next race?

Because now he is World Champion he does not need the points.

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Can’t wait for next season!!

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So… are you saying if we light Jaime Alguersuari’s car on fire at Abu Dhabi he’ll win next year’s World Championship?

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LOL JamesAsh! Jamie, change the spelling or stuff up even more names… )only) 1 mistake is not enough/quite embarassing (delete as appropriate)

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@ #5: (only) 1 mistake

…how ironic

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And so we now know who’s won 2009, and deservedly so. But now we come to a whole new game for 2010. Three new teams, a whole new era of governance at the FIA, new cars, new rules, new drivers. Hmmmmmmmm 2010 looks to be one of the biggest shake ups of the F1 racing world for a long time. Good or bad? More thoughts at

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your show is the best…aussie fans in illawarra

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Wonder in Hamilton was thinking about setting his on fire a few months back….. Anyway the Brawn team must be sitting around smiling for weeks to come now, well done all.

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a team that rules but has a long way to go to become as professional as mclaren

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@10 so Matty1098 by professional you mean stealing intelligence from other teams and lying to race officials just to gain one point in a race? Yes Mclaren are the model of professionalism! Brawn made 270 people redundant, that sadly is how business works, but at least Ross Brawn gave them all a mention yesterday, that’s courteous as well as professional.

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so all the guys who were originally apart of BAR, then Honda, who have been in the sport for years, and are now the same guys in BGP, your saying that their not professional?

ya it’s sad they had to let so many people go, their resources got cut dramatically, and both Button and Rubens accepted a massive pay cut that’s less then half of what they were getting last season. it just shows much these guys really wanted to race this season.

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jenson may have led the championship from day one but the season is definitely one for the ages because all that happens behind the races . . . jenson’s & brawn’s championship run from the ashes of Honda is one of the most uplifting & positive stories in Formula One history . . .

testing ban is definitely not the way to go if you see the performances of Alguersuari, Badoer, Fisi in the Ferrari, Grosjean . . . testing for replacement drivers starting in F1 must be given a shakedown testing session even with limited laps just to acclimatize to a F1 car before his first race . . .

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weres rubans in th pic :P

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Indeed interesting article as for me. It’d be really cool to read something more concerning this matter. Thnx for posting such info.

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