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Button takes the title, Webber wins in Brazil

Button takes the title, Webber wins in Brazil!

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Jenson Button is the 2009 world champion!
The opening laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix certainly made life easier for Jenson Button in his championship quest, but when Brawn Mercedes team-mate Rubens Barrichello exited the pits behind both Mark Webber and Robert Kubica, Button all but had the title.

As Felipe Massa waved the chequered flag on lap 71, Button crossed the line in fifth position and claimed the drivers� championship for himself and the constructors� championship for the Brawn Mercedes team.

�That deserved it, that race,� beamed the delighted Button. �I love winning but I never expected to be world champion in F1, but we did it today.�

The championship had been a long time coming for Button, but an aggressive drive from 14th position on grid featuring great passing on a day when Barrichello was unable to capitalise on his pole position, sealed his title.

Mark Webber claimed his second career victory in sunny Interlagos having started second behind Barrichello. The Red Bull racer shadowed the Brazilian veteran during the first stint of the race and while Barrichello was able to pull a three-second gap, his early stop cost him dearly as both Webber and Robert Kubica exited the pits ahead of the home-town hero.

Webber drove a flawless performance to add Brazil to his Nurburgring victory, taking the chequered flag eight seconds clear of Kubica in his BMW Sauber. Fittingly, the out-going champion Lewis Hamilton also put in a great performance from 17th position on the grid to finish in third position.

"It�s nice to get another one, but probably Nurburgring was a little bit better, because it was a big relief more than anything," Webber said. "This one was more of a controlled fashion I suppose.

"Every car has its strengths and weaknesses and Brawn, obviously, have some strengths and a few weaknesses here and there. JB�s done a good job, so I�d like to congratulate him and Brawn as well. I think he will sleep better now, because he�s been incredibly nervous, there�s no question about that. He�s been absolutely bricking himself the last few weeks, so he can sleep better now, and all of us can go to Abu Dhabi and just enjoy the new race there."

The start of the race saw Heikki Kovalainen tipped into a spin Sebastian Vettel at the second turn forcing Giancarlo Fisichella to take to the grass. Further up the road, Kimi Raikkonen had made a lightening getaway from fifth position on the grid to slot into third position.

Still using the KERS advantage, Raikkonen ducked out to pass second-placed Webber heading for turn four only for the Australian to block his path. With his front wing badly damaged and the left rear tyre deflating, Raikkonen was forced to back off, slowing Adrian Sutil.

Sniffing a chance of progress, Jarno Trulli tried to pass the Force India driver around the outside at turn five but struck the back of the VJM02. Trulli was out of the race on the spot as Sutil careered back onto the circuit, eliminating the innocent Fernando Alonso and bringing out the sole safety car period of the race.

This was good news for Hamilton who was able to pit, switch to the more durable prime tyres and importantly top off on fuel. In the first lap chaos, Kovalainen returned to the pits for fuel, but exited his pit box with the fuel hose still attached and spraying the unfortunate Raikkonen with fuel as he made his way down the pit lane.

A brief flash fire that engulfed the Ferrari did not deter Raikkonen as he continued on his way to an impressive sixth position while Kovalainen was given a helping hand by the Brawn mechanics to send him on his way to an eventful ninth place finish.

Sebastian Vettel charged from 16th position on the grid to finish in fourth position, but his slim championship hopes were effectively dashed in the rain during Saturday's qualifying while Button finished the race in fifth position ahead of Raikkonen. Vettel�s charge however moved him second in the championship, but that is unlikely to mean a great deal to the German racer.

Sebastien Buemi drove a great race for Toro Rosso to finish in seventh position ahead of the ever unfortunate Barrichello.

Exiting the pits in third position, Barrichello knew his championship hopes were all but over, while his middle stint of the race saw his pace drop over half a second a lap allowing Hamilton to pass for the final podium position. Light contact between the two saw Barrichello heading back to the pits with a left rear puncture on lap 64 and the title chase was all over for the popular Brazilian who finished eight.

With Kovalainen ninth, Kamui Kobayashi made an impressive debut for Toyota and has arguably cemented his position in the team for next season with a tenth place finish. Aggressive from the outset, the Japanese driver fended off the attentions of Button early in the race with good effect. His defensive tactics may have been questionable as countryman Kazuki Nakajima found out, as he lost his front wing and subsequently crashed his Williams out of the race.

Giancarlo Fisichella was 11th in his penultimate race and based on his recent performance, he is looking forward to retirement from competition at Ferrari. Tonio Liuzzi finished 12th ahead of Romain Grosjean and Jaime Alguersuari.

It was a perfect day for race winner Webber but on Sunday afternoon, Button�s dreams came true as he clinched the Formula One World Champion with one race to spare.

"It's really amazing," said Button, who sang We are the champions over his radio after crossing the finish line, and then began yelling at the top of his lungs out of sheer joy: "My voice has gone!"

Jenson Button - World Champion!

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Great end to a great season. Did you hear Jenson singing "we are the champions" over the team radio at the end? Priceless.
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Great end to a great season. Did you hear Jenson singing "we are the champions" over the team radio at the end? Priceless.
Yeah, very cool. He finally delivered a championship worthy drive.
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Brazil race analysis - Button and Brawn get the job done

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Brazil race analysis - Button and Brawn get the job done

Mark Webber drove a near perfect Brazilian Grand Prix, but his win was too little too late to keep Red Bull in the hunt for the constructors’ title. Similarly, there was nothing the Australian could do to prevent team mate Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of the drivers’ crown evaporating. Instead it was Brawn’s Jenson Button who was singing ‘We are the champions’ as the chequered flag fell. He’d made up nine places on his P14 grid slot, while team mate and polesitter Rubens Barrichello had lost seven, sealing the destiny of both championships in the process…

Red Bull
Mark Webber, P1
Sebastian Vettel P4
Webber had an almost perfect day, preserving his Red Bull’s rubber in the early going as he chased Barrichello and fended off Kubica, then pulling out a big gap after out-running them in the first round of pit stops. Thereafter it was just a matter of bringing the car home, his only real problems being to rein in his natural urge to push, and the fact that his second success was overshadowed by Button’s. Vettel made ground fast in the opening laps, and felt that fourth was the best he could have expected after his qualifying drama. Like Barrichello, he was philosophical that his title chance was over, but was also happy to have overtaken the Brazilian. Red Bull were likewise resigned to Brawn wrapping up the constructors’ championship.

BMW Sauber
Robert Kubica, P2
Nick Heidfeld, Retired lap 22, fuel rig problem
Kubica admitted that he was surprised by his BMW Sauber’s pace, especially as he had to wind down the revs from the 15th lap when the engine showed signs of overheating. He was also unlucky to get stuck behind four cars after his first pit stop, which allowed Webber to increase his lead, but otherwise he was grateful for a strong result in what has been a really tough season. Heidfeld was one of several drivers who qualified way down to get the breaks on the opening lap. He was pushing Vettel hard when he made his first stop, and thereafter he ground to a halt out of fuel after his refuelling rig short-changed him.

Lewis Hamilton, P3
Heikki Kovalainen, P9, penalised to P12
Hamilton benefited when McLaren changed their refuelling strategy under the safety car, and got the hammer down in a fabulous but tough drive that took him from 17th on the grid to the podium by the chequered flag. It was a typical feisty showing from the world champion. Kovalainen’s race was ruined at the start when Vettel tapped him into a spin, then came the early release from his pit stop which left him trailing his rig’s hose. McLaren were fined $50,000 for making an unsafe release, while Kovalainen was subsequently adjudged a drive-through penalty after the race; 25s was hence added to his race time, dropping him from ninth to 12th.

Rubens Barrichello, P8
Jenson Button, P5
Button was absolutely delirious after a fantastic drive brought him the fifth place points that he needed to cement his world championship. After a few wobbly races his was a fighting performance that made him a worthy champion. It also sealed the constructors’ championship for an emotional Ross Brawn, making his team the first in history to win the title in its first season. Poor old Barrichello led initially from pole, but lacked the ultimate pace to fend off Webber after the first stops, or Kubica. Later, while fighting for third with Hamilton, his BGP001 sustained a puncture that dropped him down to an unhappy eighth place finish and finally killed his own world title aspirations.

Kimi Raikkonen, P6
Giancarlo Fisichella, P11, classified P10
Raikkonen had an adventurous race, with a first-corner swipe from Sutil which punctured his left rear Bridgestone, then a clash in which he wrecked his front wing hitting Webber. After his forced pit stop at the end of that opening lap he literally had to run through fire after Kovalainen’s premature exit from the McLaren pit. All things considered, the Finn did well to take sixth place. Fisichella had to avoid a spinning Kovalainen at the bottom of the first turn on the opening lap, switched to a one-stop strategy, and then suffered when his KERS operated intermittently.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi, P7
Jaime Alguersuari, P14
Once again Buemi drove a nice race, and deserved his two points after a strong showing for Toro Rosso. They were his first since China. Alguersuari was happy just to finish after his dramas in Japan.

Kamui Kobayashi, P10, classified P9
Jarno Trulli, Retired lap one, collision
Button was quite critical of Kobayashi’s tactics, especially under braking, but the Japanese rookie did a good job to finish 10th on his debut after running ahead of the champion-elect for a while. He survived a major brush with Nakajima along the way, and generally acquitted himself well. Trulli was livid with Sutil after their first-lap clash, but the stewards sided with the German and fined the Italian $10,000 for disobeying marshals’ orders and remonstrating with Sutil.

Force India
Tonio Liuzzi, P12, classified P11
Adrian Sutil, Retired lap one, collision
Sutil had a brush with Raikkonen in the first corner as the KERS system in the Ferrari boosted it into third place. Then he got hit by Trulli, and exited the race in spectacular style. Liuzzi made a first-lap pit stop to get rid of his supersoft tyres which would not have lasted long on a car with so little downforce. His first stint on mediums was good, but subsequently he had oversteer on his second set of them.

Nico Rosberg, Retired lap 27, gearbox
Kazuki Nakajima, Retired lap 31, collision
Brazil seemed to promise so much for Williams, but it all went wrong again. Rosberg was running fourth when his gearbox malfunctioned, while Nakajima was eliminated in spectacular style after a clash with Kobayashi.

Romain Grosjean, P13
Fernando Alonso, Retired lap one, collision
Grosjean gained experience bringing his R29 home 13th, complaining that it lacked grip, but Alonso was the innocent victim when Sutil came back on track after his clash with Trulli, and was a first-lap retirement.
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Many of us saw it happening. Thank god 'Crispy Fried FF' (Finn & Ferrari) was not on the menu.
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