On this day in 2009: Jenson Button crowned Formula One world champion in Brazil

On this day in 2009: Jenson Button crowned Formula One world champion in Brazil

October 18, 2009, will forever be remembered as the day Jenson Button secured his place in British motorsport history, as he was crowned the Formula One world champion in Brazil. This achievement made Button the 10th British driver to claim the top prize in motor racing, following in the footsteps of his compatriot and 2008 champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Button’s journey to the championship was one filled with challenges, perseverance, and pure talent. After a stunning start to the season with six consecutive victories, he established himself as a force to be reckoned with. However, as the competition tightened, Button faced increased pressure from his rivals.

Heading into the crucial Brazilian Grand Prix, Button was in a precarious position. He needed a strong finish to secure the championship and fend off his closest challenger, Sebastian Vettel. The championship battle came down to the wire, with Button needing to finish in the top five to seal the deal.

The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo was host to the dramatic climax of the season. Despite challenging weather conditions and a treacherous track, Button rose to the occasion. He displayed nerves of steel and a masterful display of skill, ultimately finishing in fifth place.

The moment Button crossed the finish line, he etched his name into the history books. His remarkable achievement was a result of his unwavering determination, strategic decision-making, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

Button’s success was not only a personal triumph but also a testament to the collective efforts of his team, Brawn GP. The team’s expertise in car development, race strategies, and technical know-how played a crucial role in Button’s championship campaign.

Reflecting on the memorable occasion, Button expressed his gratitude towards his team, saying, ‘I cannot thank the Brawn GP team enough for their dedication and hard work. Without their unwavering support, this achievement would not have been possible.’

Button joined an exclusive club of British drivers who have become Formula One world champions. His name now sits alongside legendary figures such as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, and Nigel Mansell. This remarkable feat firmly secured Button’s place in the annals of British motorsport history.