Jenson Button: Why Is He Winning?

Leo EvansContributor IJune 9, 2009

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates on the podium after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

As a 14 year old I have a very wide perspective on life. Also as a large F1 fan I started to ask myself the question: Why is Jenson Button winning the championship? To answer this question I wrote a report on why I think Jenson is winning. Here's what I came up with. Again please remember I am only 14.

I think the main reason Jenson is top is because he has had no serious threat. If we look at all the good drivers around him we will see why. 

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens has the same car as Jenson but he is not the favourite in the team. He is also starting to get on a bit, and I can see this being his last season in Formula One. 

Sebastien Vettel

Vettel has the raw talent to beat Jenson, but his inexperience shows and we saw that today when he lost it on the first lap; his car is also not up to standard on all the tracks like the Brawns are. 

Mark Webber

Mark is arguably the unluckiest driver on the grid, but I think if he was able to take the Red Bull right to its limits he could win.

Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock

The two Toyota's have the car to do it on some tracks but not others which leaves them inconsistent and a lack of experience from Glock is his main downturn. 

Nico Rosberg

Nico has the talent and the car to do it but it seems he can't turn his consistently quick Friday practice sessions into Saturday and Sunday pace. If he can do this, I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the top step of the podium before too long. 

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi obviously has skill, talent and that Finnish attitude to win, but unfortunately the F60 Ferrari just hasn't been able to get any pace at all and Kimi's attitude has been questioned several times over the course of 2008-09. But the Ferrari has started to show signs of a recovery. 

Felipe Massa

Felipe had an incredible season last year almost beating Hamilton to the championship but a bad Ferrari has not worked for Felipe yet but signs look like they may be on the rise and it won't be too long before Felipe will be spraying the Champagne again. 

Fernando Alonso

Alonso showed he still has the skill of a world champion with his two late season winners in Japan and Singapore last season, but Renault have again given him only a mid-table car. A bit of development could give some good results for the '05-'06 champion once again. 

Nick Heidfeld

Nick is along with Mark Webber in terms of being a great driver, but one who has never one a race. A slow BMW has put his chances of a win right out the window for this season at least. 

Robert Kubica

Robert was fighting with Hamilton and Massa until the end of the 2008 season, but when BMW decided to stop development of the 2008 car and focus on '09, it cost him his chances of a title. BMW put too much emphasis on KERS, which then proved pointless, so BMW do not have the pace to compete for victories even though they have two drivers who are both capable of winning races and championships. 

Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki was able to win a race with McLaren last year but was nearly always out-performed by his team mate but a slow McLaren has meant he won't be challenging again this year even though he has the raw talent to do so. 

Lewis Hamilton

The current world champion quite obviously has the capability to win races but continuing development of the McLaren right to the end of the last season meant there was less time spent on the 2009 car.

A lack of down-force has been the English teams main worries this year, but the car has improved significantly since Melbourne and McLaren have the caliber to develop the car even more and try and push up the field but the team will struggle to get on the podium this year.

By Leo Evans, Age 14