What a solid drive from Jenson Button. That's what we've come to expect from the Frome born soon-to-be veteran this season and yet another marker laid down in an effort to become an unlikely World Champion.
As the weekend moved forward, it became apparent that it was the other half of the Brawn garage that looked to have the upper hand, yet this weekend has convinced me that Jenson Button will be the second British World Champion in a row.
The Brit had complained of not getting the most out of the car from the first practice session on Friday and this was evident in his times; consistently a tenth or two behind his more experienced team mate.
However, qualifying served up the first indication that Button has the touch of a champion, on a marginally lower fuel load he managed to outpace Barrichello by two-tenths of a second....1.6 seconds before the flag fell. Championship winning example number one.
Race day. The FIA weight list had shown that Barrichello, in theory, had the upper hand as he was carrying 2 laps more fuel than his team mate, and that Sebastian Vettel was infact fastest of the lot (fuel corrected), which led to many different predictions for the race victory.
Button got a nightmare start in that he fell behind his team mate who was also lighter than him, but yet again this born again race winner adapted to the conditions offered to him better than anybody else. On the softs, Barrichello was able to eke out a 13-second margin for his first stop, which wasn't enough to bring him back out in front of Button.
The turning point came during the middle stint when Button, on the same tyres as Barrichello, went considerably faster than the Brazilian and effectively wiped out the challenge of Vettel & Massa when they switched to the harder tyre and fell back by two seconds a lap, circulating in the 1:25s.
Championship winning example number two - Button was able to make his softs work better than Barrichello and pull enough of a gap.
The switch to a three-stopper should have produced Barrichello's first win of the season, yet it was dependent on Rubens extracting the maximum from his car.
From the scorching pace in Sepang to leapfrog into the lead after his first stop, to the second lap pass on Hamilton in Bahrain, to managing his race perfectly and putting the necessary pace in today, we' e seen that Jenson Button is handling the mantle of having the best car on the grid to almost perfection.
Is it all over?
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