Brawn GP. The Fairy-tale that can never be repeated.
Everyone knows the story, at the end of 2008 Honda pulled out of F1 during the midst of the global financial crisis. Honda pulling out putting hundreds of jobs in the Brackley based factory at risk. At the last minute Ross Brawn bought the team and thus out of the ashes of Honda, Brawn GP was born.
I'm going to get my bias in here now, Jenson Button was and is my favorite F1 driver of all time, but the reasons why are a little interesting. Picture the scene, It's the early to mid 2000s, and your young car obsessed son is looking for something to watch on the TV so you put on the F1, suddenly you spy a young driver for BAR Honda who goes by the name of Jenson Button, suddenly you decide you fancy him and start watching and enjoying F1 along with supporting him in races and in turn encourage your son to follow suit, This is the story of why my mother is not only the reason Jenson is my favorite driver and the reason I started watching F1.
The year is 2009, there has been a major shake-up in the formula one regulations and no-one can predict what the outcome of this next season but one thing that is certain, the newly formed Brawn GP will be back markers I mean they have to be right?
Then came testing in Catalonia, the Brawn with it's double defuser and it's Mercedes engine shoehorned into the back, it couldn't be quick, surely, I mean brawn had worked his magic at Benetton and Ferrari but this is a stretch too far surely even for him, right? Well I think it was safe to say that a few people were suprised when Jenson Button was 1.5 seconds fastest. 1.5 seconds! that's a week.
The sponsor less Brawn at testing in Barcelona.
6 wins from the first 7 races set Button up for a serious championship charge but it wouldn't be easy... Competition from both Barichello and the pair of charging Red Bulls.
After a strong start brawn began to fade away due to a lack of development and budget, The Charge of the bulls spear headed by the young German Sebastian Vettel, Still wonder what happened to him.
Button managed to hold enough of a championship so that he could win it in Brazil. Qualifying wasn't brilliant for Jenson ending up p.14 but after some brilliant moves, my personal favourite being the one on buemi See picture below, and after a puncture for Rubens it was all over. After Nine years and 169 races Jenson was world champion and I'm not sure who was happier, him, me, my mother or Jenson's Father John Button, Jenson's hero and biggest supporter. I think it was the last one. and judging by the now iconic of Jenson's and john's embrace afterwards It was the best day of both their lives.
Button Brilliantly Balancing his Brawn on the limit.
No words needed. RIP John Button.
Thank you for reading.