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Sunday, 8 March 2009

Jenson Button - BrawnGP - Team

Jenson Button now racing under BRAWNGP has been around motorsport since a very young age. Progression from Karting to Formula Ford at the age of 18 and moving onto Formula 3 in 1999. He finished 3rd in the Championship that year and gained interest in the Formula 1 world. Frank Williams signed him to the Williams team for 2000 where he finished 8th in his maiden season.

Still under contract with Williams he drove for Benetton in 2001 and had a dismal season with the only consolation coming in the form of 5th place at Hockenheim.

2002 saw the Benetton team being renamed to Renault F1 and Button drove the Renault well with notable fourth places at Malaysia and Brazil.

2003 and Button left Renault for BAR where he has stayed although the team name has now changed several times. 2003 saw button alongside Jacques Villeneuve however the ex tyrrell car was still in need of much development. Button finished the season in 9th with 17 points. with Jacques finishing in a lowely 16th on 6 points due to many retirements.

2004 was a turning point for the then BAR team and Jenson's fortunes, he scored a pole position in San Marino and leaped onto the podium 10 times scoring 85 points and finishing 3rd in the Championship.

2005 was a bad year for BAR and Jenson, not only did the season get off to a bad start with the contract wrangling involved with Williams but BAR were disqualified at the San Marino GP and issued with a 2 race ban due to a weight issue with the car and holding fuel in the tanks. This led to a mediocre season for Jenson and the team scoring just 37 points and finishing 9th in the Chamionship with the Highlights of the season coming via 3rd places at both Hockenheim and Spa. 2006 bought another new team mate to partner Jenson in the form of Rubens Barichello of Ferrari fame.

2006 was full of highs and lows for Jenson with him scoring 6th overall on 56 points but having his first career victory at the Hungarian GP other notable finishes were 3rd at Malaysia and Brazil.

2007 was another dreadful year for Honda Racing F1 with aerodynamics being overlooked the 'package' just wasn't good enough to compete against the rest of the field and left Jenson looking further down the field with his best result coming in China (5th) and him scoring a season total of 6 points.

2008 was no better for Honda Racing F1 the 'package' was flawed once again leaving Jenson to scrap the car around, the decision was made mid way through the season to take all further development forward for the 09 car leaving Jenson way down in 18th on the driver standings only scoring 3 points with a best position of 6th.

2009 - With the retraction of Honda and many months in dark Jenson stood strong in the belief with what he and the team had ready for 09 would produce great things. He patience have paid off with a maiden pole in Melbourne followed by a great win for Jenson and the team, Off to a rain drenched Sepang, Malaysia in qualifying the weather was ok and Jenson notched up another pole position for himself and the team. To the race and the heavens opened Jenson and what followed was described by Jenson as 'a crazy race' the race couldn't go the full distance so even though Jenson won the scores were made at half, giving Jenson 5 points. Shanghai saw another wet weather scenario for BGP who hadn't been able to test wet weather setups during pre season. The RB5 of Vettel and Webber was superior in the wet and they took 1st and 2nd respectively. Jenson still made the podium in a great show of his driving ability taking 3rd. Bahrain is the next stop on the F1 whistle stop tour and BGP and Jenson were playing down their chances saying the other teams (mainly RBR) had caught them up. Jenson went on to place the car in fourth in qualifying, for the first time he had a KERS competitor close by and lost ground because of this into the first corner. With the more balanced car and great driving skill Jenson retook Lewis Hamilton at the start of the next lap, he consistantly hammered the car behind the Toyota's til they made their pit stops and he progressed back into 1st with a combination of both great driving and team strategy.

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I have been an F1 fan from a very early age, however in my very early years I didn't really support a team just loved the racing. Since the BAR years I have been supporting this team through it's highs and lows. I'm confident under Ross Brawn's control the team will go from strength to strength and hopefully Jenson and Rubens can find themselves in a competitive car once more.

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