You clearly think Button is an unworthy champion. Might I ask you who you think it better? Sebastian Vettel had more DNFs to his name than race wins in 2009. Rubens Barrichello was his own worst enemy, tripping over himself as often as not. Mark Webber simply failed to get any momentum going, swapping championship standings with Vettel all season long instead of mounting his own campaign. Lewis Hamilton was never in the hunt and threw away valuable point-scoring opportunities in Australia, Monaco, Germany and Italy through stupid mistakes (lying to stewards, pushing too hard in Q1, trying to win the race at the first corner and then trying to catch Button on the last lap when it wasn't possibe). And as for Kimi Raikkonen, well, he simply couldn't have been arsed all season long and it took Massa's injury to inspire him to step up to a leadership role in the team. Nobody even looked like making a case for themselves as a genuine title contender.
But Jenson Button had more race wins than anyone else. He scored more points than anyone else. He scored points in every race that he finished. He passed more people in Brazil than most drivers passed all season. He executed critical passes - like Hamilton in Bahrain - without fault. He constantly made strategies work, leap-frogging more people in pitstops than anyone else, even when they were changed at the last minute. He led the championship from start to finish. And he did all of that in the oldest car on the grid. Button didn't win his championship because the guy in front was on bad rubber going into the final corner of the race. In fact, he probably worked harder than anyone else - certainly harder than any champion in years - given that by the end of it, there were at least four guys who were in cars that were constantly better than his.
Brawn caught by the other teams, nonsense: even the "great" ross brawn mentioned that money wasn't a problem at all.
When did he admit that? And if it wasn't a problem, why did the team only ever build three cars instead of making more like the other teams did?
Kobayashi made a fool of button twice, you can't blame it on a light car twice.
No he didn't. He just started in front of Button in Brazil. When Button passed him, he put three and a half seconds on the Toyota driver in a single lap. How is that a case of Kobayashi making a fool of him? And the way I remember it, Button finished in front of Kobayashi in both races.
Ow yeah, last race, your great champion couldn't even pass mark webber who was struggling like hell.
What's your point? There have been plenty of times when one driver has been unable to pass another. Button went right; he figured that with Webber's tyres degrading, he'd be able to pass the Red Bull if he forced him off the racing line. Webber somehow pulled the car up in time to make the bend.
Button admitted that he took a lot of profit from barri's setup. So if the man himself admits it.
You think Button is the only person who uses his team-mate's data? When Hamilton made his debut in 2007, he was using Alonso's data. And it's not like Button just copy-and-pastes Barrichello's setup - he gets to a point where he is happy with what he has and then
he looks at how Barrichello went. He then makes adjustments based on what Barrichello has come up with if he thinks they'll work for him.
What hami and schumi couldn't do: well simple to explain: if everyone else except rbr has built a crap car: well than it's quite easy to do so. That LUCK wasn't on hami or schumi's hands.
I said Hamilton and Schumacher couldn't score points in every race they finished in those two years, something that Button did. What does luck have to do with that?
Now go back to your button chappel and start to pray, because he'll need it badly in 2010 if you look at the line-ups of mcl, fer, rbr and merc: he is the weakest link!
I think Button will surprise you. Your dislike of him seems to stem from the fact that you think he lucked into a good car because of his 2007 and 2008 seasons when he had to drive one of the worst cars ever made. But I'll direct your attentions to 2004, when he was the highest-placed non-Ferrari driver. He has talent, but he's only ever been in a truly good car twice in ten years. Unlike some - such as Hamilton - who started their careers in one of the finest on the grid.
Also, how the hell is Button weaker than Rosberg? Mercedes might have Schumacher, but he's been out of the sport for three years and is hardly going to simply pick up where he left off, and Rosberg has never won a race.
Edited by Captain Tightpants, 25 December 2009 - 11:44.