In 2009, on this very day: Jenson Button clinched the Formula One world championship in Brazil.


In 2009, on this very day: Jenson Button clinched the Formula One world championship in Brazil.

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On this day in 2009, Jenson Button secured the Formula One world championship with a fifth-place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

In a display of exceptional skill and amidst dramatic moments, the Brawn GP driver climbed to fifth position at Interlagos. Meanwhile, rivals Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello finished fourth and eighth, respectively.

This victory granted Button a comfortable 15-point lead over Vettel, with Barrichello trailing further behind by two points, and only one race left in the season.

He joined the esteemed ranks of British drivers, becoming the 10th to claim the pinnacle of motor racing, succeeding compatriot Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion.

At 29 years old, Button’s journey to the title wasn’t without its challenges. Despite winning six of the first seven races of the season, he couldn’t clinch the championship in the manner he might have hoped. Remarkably, the Brawn team also secured the constructors’ title, a triumph that seemed unlikely just over 10 months earlier when Honda withdrew from the sport.

As the 71 laps came to a close, tears mixed with the spray of champagne. Button’s father, John, openly admitted that both he and his son “cried like babies” when they embraced after the race.

Jenson Button reflected, saying, “You don’t win the world championship and feel relief, you feel ecstatic… It’s great to be sat here as world champion and I personally think I thoroughly deserve it. I’ve been the best over 16 races and that’s what world titles are all about.”

Button concluded the 2009 season with a third-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, securing an 11-point lead over Vettel.

In the following season, he made the move to McLaren, ultimately finishing as the runner-up to Vettel in the 2011 title race. His remarkable F1 journey concluded in 2017.


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