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Sun Continues to Shine on Button

by F1Fan on September 28, 2009

The Singapore Grand Prix weekend began disastrously for Jenson Button.

Failing to get out of Q2 in qualifying and ending up in the middle of the Grid on a circuit extremely difficult to pass on, with his closest competitors in the 2009 Drivers Championship, Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber all in front of him, definitely was not a good start.

But Buttons luck is certainly holding, keeping out of trouble in the early part of the race and having a good fuel strategy that enabled him to get ahead of his closest competitor Rubens Barrichello, during his last Pit Stop rotation meant he gained one point in the Championship on Rubens.

If that was not enough luck, Lewis Hamilton in the Mclaren, Timo Glock in the Toyota and Fernando Alonzo in the Renault all finished ahead of the Red Bull Racing RB5 of Sebastian Vettel,  robbing Vettel of the high points paying positions. At one point Vettel was challenging for the lead of the race before Brake failure on his teammate’s (Mark Webber) car and subsequent retirement of both Torro Rosso cars because of brake problems caused Vettel to back off.

Mark Webbers brake failure not only took him out of the race but also mathematically eliminated him as a Championship contender.

2009 F1 Drivers Championship After Singapore

PositionDriverTeamNationalityCurrent Points
1Jenson ButtonBrawn GPGB84
2Rubens BarrichelloBrawn GPBrazil69
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull RacingGermany59
4Mark WebberRed Bull RacingAustralia51.5
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFinland40
6Lewis HamiltonMcLarenGB37
7Nico RossbergWilliamsGermany30.5
8Fernando AlonsoRenaultSpain26
9Timo GlockToyotaGermany24
10Jarno TrulliToyotaItaly22.5
11Felipe MassaFerrariBrazil22
12Heikki KovalainenMcLarenFinland22
13Nick HeidfeldBMW SauberGermany12
14Giancarlo FisichellaForce IndiaItaly8
15Robert KubicaBMW SauberPolandl9
16Adrian SutilForce IndiaGermany5
17Sebastien BuemiTorro RossoSwitzerland3
18Sebastien BourdaisTorro RossoFrance2
19Kazuki NakajimaWilliamsJapan0
20Nelshino PiquetRenaultBrazil0
21Luca BadoerFerrariItaly0
22Vitantonio LiuzziForce IndiaItaly0
23Romain GrosjeanRenaultFrance0
24Jaime AlguersuariTorro RossoSpain0
last updated Sep 27, 2009
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So it is down to three contenders for the Drivers Championship with three races to go. In all probability while Vettel can mathematically win he really has very little chance and it will most likely come down to a fight between teammates, Button and Barrichello.

Unless Button wrecks or has some serious mechanical issues in the next races that cause his retirement, my money is on Button to be the 2009 F1 Driver Champion. Don’t get me wrong I would love for Rubens to win it just seems that the odds are stacked against him.

Why you my ask? Well, the Mclaren of Lewis Hamilton seems to have definitely regained pace and I expect that he will win at least one more race maybe two, taking points away from Barrichello. Additionally the Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber are still showing great pace so it can be expected that they will also do well as long as they get their reliability issues sorted and while podium finishes have been few and far between recently for Button, he still seems to be able to finish in the points.

With luck it will come down to the final race of the Season in Abu Dhabi, a new circuit unfamiliar to everyone, what better way to end one of the most unpredicatble Formula One seasons of all time.

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