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Formula 1 - Race 16 Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Button and Alonso

October 21st 2009 - Well as I stated last week, this second to last race of the season could have seen both the constructors and drivers championships wrapped up nicely leaving the last race of the season a dead rubber, and that’s exactly what happened. In what can still be seen as an exciting race and conclusion to the season, Jenson Button and Brawn have done enough to wrap up both titles topping off a great, but hugely surprising, year for the team and British driver. Not only that but it sees a British driver walk away with the title two years running with Lewis Hamilton having won the title last year.

After the qualifying sessions had come and gone there was a huge cloud hanging over the chances of Button winning his first ever championship with only one race up his sleeve. With rain predicted and then hitting right on time, it threw the sessions into a tail spin which hurt Button the worst with the Brit only managing a 14th place on the grid.  Seeing as how he needed to finish ahead of either title contender Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing or fellow Brawn team mate Rubens Barrichello to wrap up the series, things didn’t look good when Barrichello picked up pole position. There was some good news though with Vettel having a terrible session with only a 16th to his name.

With all the other drivers pretty much insignificant, this meant the race itself could lead to a very interesting final race of the season if Barrichello managed to lead from start to finish and Button didn’t make up any places and finished out of the points. But that just never happened. In fact Barrichello dropped 7 places to finish 8th and even though Vettel made up an impressive 12 places to finish in 4th, it wasn’t nearly enough to stop Button picking up the title with his solid 5th place.

So with Button overcome with joy in winning his first ever world title, it was also Brawn's chance to celebrate as they walked away with the world title with a race to spare.

Even though the next and final race means nothing, we still hope for some great racing and maybe even some interesting news about next season as new teams come into the competition and drivers do the usual seat jumping from team to team.

 

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