No one can doubt that Jenson’s on the button’
PUBLISHED: 17:31 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 August 2010
A FORMULA One hopeful has hailed Jenson Button as a true British hero after his championship glory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Button secured the F1 drivers crown with fifth place at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo on Sunday, fending off the dual t
A FORMULA One hopeful has hailed Jenson Button as a true British hero after his championship glory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Button secured the F1 drivers' crown with fifth place at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo on Sunday, fending off the dual threat of Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel in the process with a race to spare.
That highly-memorable title victory put the cap on a phenomenal season for the 29-year-old driver, who was facing an uncertain future at the start of the campaign with the demise of his old employers at Honda.
However, team owner Ross Brawn gave him a seat and, more importantly, a competitive car on the grid and - allied with Button's natural ability - a year of turmoil and trauma ultimately turned into one of success and silverware.
Bromley-born racer Gary Paffett, who is currently the test driver of Brawn GP's rivals, McLaren Mercedes, saluted Button's achievement in very testing circumstances.
He said: "It's fantastic and the whole season has been a real fairytale, with Honda leaving the team with no engine or sponsors at the end of last year.
"To come back and win the world championship is incredible, especially for Jenson after having a couple of really bad years at Honda with a poor car.
"For him to stick by them through even harder times and then end up having the best car and engine on the grid and go on to win the world championship is not something that anyone could have expected."
Button's recovery from starting in 14th position after a disappointing qualifying session, to finishing up with the four points he required has drawn plenty of plaudits.
Paffett, a contender in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the German Touring Cars series, added: "I was very impressed with how he drove on Sunday - it was a champion's drive.
"He wanted to get it sewn up there and then and drove his heart out. It really showed a bit of a different side to him."
Button's success also confounds those critics who had seemingly written him off following a string of uninspiring campaigns and the emergence of Lewis Hamilton.
Paffett added: "Any of the doubters out there will certainly be thinking twice now about questioning Jenson Button's talent again.