Jenson Pushes The Power Button And Reaffirms Last Season

Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIMarch 28, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes celebrates winning the the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
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When Jenson Button announced his move to Mclaren everyone was sceptical. I myself proclaimed that in partnering Lewis Hamilton, Jenson would never be a winner again.

He appeared to have committed career suicide by attempting the almost impossible task of accompanying an immediate, stunning and consistent champion.

It was a bold statement which I adhered to right up until the early hours of this morning.

Now I must hold my hands up in shame and admit that I was wrong.

Jenson gained his second win in Australia and his eighth overall victory after a spirited drive in Albert Park. Such a drive reminded us of the way in which he claimed his maiden title triumph last year with a burst of six consecutive results last year.

This is one of the main reasons why I love the sport. To be witness to the intriguingly unexpected is a welcome satisfaction. Nobody likes the rule books to dictate every single piece of action on track.

Any opposition to the standard form entices us into having our eyes glued to the screen.

Button recorded an almost flawless performance and earned a beautiful triumph over his team mate. This being the same team mate who most thought would demolish Button and force us to question Jenson’s credentials once again.

The fighting talents portrayed at the Brazilian Grand Prix last season became evidently not just a distant memory that we would effortlessly forget.

We can now anticipate a new improved Jenson. He will shower us with the further enhanced image of a driver who is willing and motivated to succeed. He will be a driver who is able to put up a staunch defense of his title as opposed to the mediocre offering that we had predicted.

More race wins may follow, but even if they do not, at least Jenson has gifted himself a follow up spectacle to undo the damage caused to his reputation by his lacklustre second half of 2009 season.