The road to the world championship

The road to the world championship

As Jenson Button clinches the world championship, Matt Beer recounts how the Brawn driver emerged on top of what became a fluctuating three-way title battle

As Jenson Button swept to win after win the first half of the season, it seemed like only a matter of time before he clinched the world championship. The question was more whether he would set a new victory record on the way, than if he would be beaten to the crown.

But his subsequent victory drought and Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel's steady gains meant that a three-way title fight began, one that looked likely to go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi before Button put the crown behind his rivals' reach with a determined charge through the field in Brazil.

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