What Norbert Haug says is true. My personal favourite right now is Rosberg. Last year when Honda capitulated and Button was available, I wanted McLaren to get him at that time.
However after JB had a great car this year, he came off as arrogant in some races early in the season, when he was behind Rubens on the track and would say uncomplimentary things about RBs race pace, which we have since found out was due to a brake situation that was not favourable to Rubens style of driving.
As it turned out, Button couldn't secure the WDC until the penultimate race of the season after such a huge advantage in the beginning of the season and now, not even a week has passed and his mgr. is already making waves about JBs salary.
Too much drama for me from a guy who is quite simply very boring to watch. I mean, he barely was able to get past a neophyte F1 rookie racer in Kobayashi and only secured his championship because of the first lap crash.
Lewis Hamilton otoh passed JB and RB and ended up on the podium after starting from further back on the grid. THAT is committed race craft. Nuff said!
The Brawn car started off with an advantage and when it was there Button made the most of it. Rubens did struggle with the brakes and mid season some material changes were made to the composition of the brakes which threw the intiative back to Rubens. By this time Brawn GP's advantage was dwindling and by Brazil it was the third fastest car after the Red Bulls and McLaren. Fact is, Jenson made the most of his opportunities but he needs a car that suits his driving style and he lacks that ability to man-handle a less than perfectly balanced car. Give him a car that suits him and he is just as quick as any of current top drivers.
In Brazil Hamilton started 18th on the grid because in qualifying the car was set up for a dry race but qualifying was in torrents of rain. The race was dry so the McLaren set-up was perfect and in starting from 18th they could also plan their fuel strategy.
In 2007 Hamilton blew a 17 point lead in the final two races and last year he scraped home by one point when he just managed to get fifth place in the final 1000 metres of the race. Hardly impressive but even the mighty Schumacher wobbled a number of times when closing out a Championship.
Apart from once Button has scored points in every race so far this season and unlike Hamilton in his two title chasing seasons has made no mistakes in the races. His mistakes came in qualifying but as he is probably one of the best late-brakers in F1 he can do something very rare in GP racing which is to overtake.
Kobayashe was lucky not to be facing a penalty in Brazil. He was wild and Button was right to be careful but he dispatched him easily.
This was Button's first opportunity to win a WDC and he did it with a race to spare, without deliberately crashing into a rival, without whingeing about his team-mate or blaming anyone other than himself. Unusually he doesn't appear to have an enemy in the paddock, is articulate and honest. Given the scandals that have and continue to surround F1 he is exactly the kind or role model that the sport needs.
I for one don't blame him for negotiating as hard as he can and now is the time to capitalize on his position. For what its worth I think he will stay with Brawn.