Final Showdown As Button and Barrichello Head For Abu Dhabi

Billy AmannCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Race winner Jenson Button (right) of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates with Team Principal Ross Brawn (centre), second placed Rubens Barrichello (left) of Brazil and Brawn GP after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi, hosts this, the final race of the season, where Brawn GP (2009 Constructors Champions) have ran away with the entire season and look certain to run away with this race once again. With a record breaking 288 points compared to Ferrari’s 2004 record of 262 and a 100 percent win rate so far F1’s newest team are set to fill the top two steps of the podium once again to take their final total to 306 points.

Race 17 of 17 sees an undisputed Brawn GP team, who took the coveted honours two races ago head to the final grid line up with little left to prove except that they are the absolute class of 2009.

With Ferrari falling back gradually throughout the season and their announcement earlier this week that they intend to pull out of Formula One for good, because of their lack of success this season. All of the teams are set to gain an extra share of income from FOM. It was well documented that Ferrari get an extra cut of the money just because of their history in the sport.

Mclaren’s improved form did little for their 2009 campaign as the Brackley squad were in a class of their own winning every single race of the season with 1-2 finishes at every event. Mclaren’s CEO Martin Whitmarsh explained Brawn’s season as a “phenomenal achievement” saying that “they just got everything right.”

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello are set to go head to head for the Drivers Championship at the final race this weekend, both drivers have traded race wins and second places all season long giving each driver 144 points. That’s eight wins and eight second places each with Jenson taking the chequered flag last race in Brazil.

Formula One is about to close the curtains on 2009 in both race terms and testing. The final race will be the last time the 2009 cars run this year with testing banned until 2010. Farewell to the fairy tail season for Brawn GP and farewell to F1’s longest serving team.

Hey, it could happen…


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