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Brundle backs Button for F1 crown

With just four rounds remaining and a 14 point lead over Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello, Martin Brundle believes the 2009 F1 World Championship is firmly Jenson Button's to lose.

“Barrichello may have won the Italian Grand Prix but second-place man and team-mate Button went to the race with a new mindset,” Brundle wrote in his BBC column.

“Some solid sports psychology obviously worked when he decided to view himself in a five-race season in which he was gifted a 16-point head start.

“That approach works just as well now, with four races remaining and a 14-point advantage.

“All he has to do to stop the erosion of his lead is beat his team-mate in one or two of the remaining races, and follow him home in the rest. It's his to lose.”

But Barrichello has outscored Button in the last three events, two of which he has won, while Button has now gone six races without a victory.

However Brundle - a former team-mate to Barrichello at Jordan - believes the Brazilian is simply running out of races.

“[Barrichello] now has to take three-and-a-half points per race off Button in the same car. So realistically he's going to need his team-mate to crash or have a reliability issue.”

The all-Brawn title fight marks the high point in an incredible season for the former Honda squad, whose very presence on the 2009 F1 grid was a real doubt.

The team's biggest challenge will now be to ensure that both drivers are given a fair crack at the crown.

“The championship battle will have to be well managed at Brawn GP,” confirmed Brundle. “They say both drivers will receive the same development parts, service and opportunities; and providing they don't take each other off the track they will be free to race.

“Team boss Ross Brawn is a calm hand at the helm but he's only used to having one dominant driver up for the championship, namely Michael Schumacher.

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alex - Unregistered

September 18, 2009 6:50 PM

ROFL @ Button has showed no driving skills at all and he has barely overtaken anyone at all.... Did nobody watch the first half of the season ? Button totally mastered Reubens, overtook who he had to when he had to, when RB failed to, drove superbly in a managed style and totally deserves the WDC. Nothing to date suggests he will loose the plot, unlike Webber who cacked himself at the first sight of a title shot and started hitting everybody, Barrichello who has the odd Senior moment, both on track and afterwards with microphones....Vettel has been up and down this year like a friend of Max's drawers. Button is the man.

Jason Robinson

September 18, 2009 4:50 PM

I think Ross Brawn will let it be a fair fight, what has he got to lose? The only time that will change is if JB or RB do something daft or the Red Bulls miraculously catch up. Good look to both drivers and may the best man win (but I do hope its Button)

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