2009 – Jenson on the button

Button was in a class of his own at the start of 2009

Jenson Button claimed his sixth win from seven starts with victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.

The Brawn GP driver qualified second behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and retained his position when team-mate Rubens Barrichello fluffed his start from third.

But Vettel ran wide at the exit of turn 10 on the opening lap which allowed Button through.

The Englishman then simply drove away from the field to finish ahead of the Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren was lapped by the charging Brawn, such was their dominance.

Button’s win in Turkey made him the first Brit since Nigel Mansell in 1992 to win four consecutive races and opened up a 26 point lead over Barrichello (in an era when 10 points were awarded for victory).

Turkey though proved to be Button’s last win of 2009 as a lack of finance and a number of errors hindered his championship charge.

But the exceptional start to the season was enough to see Button claim his first world title at the penultimate race in Brazil.

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