Button starts life as champion

Button starts life as champion

As Jenson Button begins his first race weekend as Formula 1 world champion, Adam Cooper heard from those closest to him on the title run-in and the future for Button and his team

Jenson Button is being accorded a rare privilege this weekend as he conducts what amounts to an extended victory celebration in Abu Dhabi.

Final round showdowns have been so common in recent years that the last man to win his first title before the end of the season – and thus have the chance to race again with the job done and dusted – was Fernando Alonso in 2005, when Brazil was the year's ante-penultimate event. Before that, the last maiden title winner to clinch the championship early was Nigel Mansell, way back in 1992.

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