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To state the obvious, Brawn and Button crashed into Formula 1 in 2009 with such incredible force that they eclipsed the rest of the competition and elevated themselves to legendary rookie status. Never before had a team burst onto the scene in such flawless fashion. They took absolute control.
However Button has not always been a proven driver and indeed spent many years in the doldrums of the sport, facing for the majority of his time on track with the uncertainty of his future career.
Now that he has the car beneath him that he always wanted, bar the last three races, Button’s confidence and performance levels have seemingly soared.
The important question though, is can Jenson continue to portray this vastly improved performance against a driver of Schumacher’s experienced caliber.
Especially when considering that Schumacher’s total dominance of the sport can be seen as one of the essential reasons that Button was never allowed to be seen as a title challenger.
Of all the contenders to Schumacher’s crown since the German’s retirement Button sadly can be said to have been the weakest of the lot when you consider the likes of Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton, all of whom proved their worth very early on in their respective careers and triumphs.
The hope with the Englishman is that after the many years of facing turmoil and frustrations in unflattering cars, his consistent level of ability this season will continue to flourish, allowing him to benefit prosperously from the peak of his career.
Jenson Button vs. Michael Schumacher is not a battle we have seen much of before, but perhaps that is what makes it the most exciting prospective battle. Jenson is a slick and controlled performer, a complete contradiction to Schumacher’s sometimes risky and amazingly aggressive approach.
We really are dealing with the depths of the unknown when considering this likely battle, yet it is something that many will relish the thought of as a result.