Why Button would be a deserving champion

Why Button would be a deserving champion

Some believe his less-than-spectacular second half of the season means Jenson Button would not be a deserving champion should he wrap up the title in Brazil. Tony Dodgins disagrees

So this is it for Jenson Button. He's 14 points in front of Rubens and 16 ahead of Vettel with two to play. Six points - one third place - would suffice, even if Barrichello won at Interlagos and Abu Dhabi. To put a stop to Vettel, Jenson needs just a fifth place in either race supposing that Sebastian wins both. Twenty plus years since Button first sat in a kart he's within touching distance of the sport's ultimate prize.

It should – should – be plain sailing. But then again, Lewis Hamilton failed to convert a 17-point advantage with two races remaining in 2007. This is Formula 1. Anything can happen and usually does. Just suppose that Jenson got tagged at the Senna Esses on the first lap at Interlagos and Vettel won. Given Button's topsy-turvy second half season, would he want to go to Abu Dhabi knowing he had to finish in the top five if Vettel won again? Look back at the last seven races and he's managed to do that three times but failed four times! He's red hot favourite, of course he is, but it's not cut and dried.

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