News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Formula 1 News - May, 2009
Now Button can cruise to 2009 title

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2011 F1 Schedule
2011 F1 Line-up
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
NewsOnF1 Blogs
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

May 26 (GMM) After six races in 2009 and with eleven to go, Jenson Button is looking a sure bet to win the world championship.

"I'd definitely put my money on him," said the defending drivers' title winner, Lewis Hamilton.

Coulthard's friend David Coulthard, meanwhile, wrote in his Telegraph column after Monaco: "That's it. All bets are off."

But don't say that kind of thing to the 29-year-old Brawn driver's face, who after his fifth win of the season at Monaco last weekend, extended his points lead to 16 points over teammate Rubens Barrichello, and 28 over Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Told by a reporter that the championship is now his to lose, Button retorted: "You are sort of putting a bit of negative energy in there. I wouldn't put it like that. It is all to play for."

Despite Ferrari's form leap at Monaco, the main non-Brawn challenger remains Red Bull, and Ross Brawn said he is concerned about the RB5 going into next weekend's Turkish grand prix.

"Perhaps the area of the high-speed performance (is) where we know we are not quite as good as Red Bull," the team owner and boss admitted.

Before leaving Monaco, Brawn also reminded the press that his Brackley team is a "boutique" outfit rather than a hugely-resourced team like Ferrari or McLaren.

Certainly the sport's paymasters are hoping Brawn and Button are seriously challenged, with Bernie Ecclestone admitting on the Monaco grid that he was concerned the season is becoming too "predictable".

F1 majority owner CVC's Donald Mackenzie was also in Monte Carlo and heard to confess that Brawn's current dominance is not doing the business "any good".

Christian Horner, Vettel's team boss at Red Bull, told the Austrian news agency APA: "The championship is not over yet for Sebastian. It's much too early to say that."

However, with the current points system, and if Button simply stays consistently on the podium, it may already be too late for Vettel to catch up even if the 21-year-old German begins a winning streak.

On the other hand, with Ecclestone's 'medals'-type system in place, Vettel would be able to win the next four races and tie the championship in time for the Valencia street race in August, and then have a further six rounds until the Abu Dhabi finale.

"Jenson's lead is now so big that he doesn't really have to win any more, he can drive more tactically for podium finishes," Ferrari's Felipe Massa told

"For sure he is in a very good position to win the championship, but in formula one anything is possible," the Brazilian added.

Discuss this topic on NewsOnF1 Forums

10 'n' Pole Competition - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
14 Apr: F1 should 'applaud' Pirelli 'risk' for 'show' - de la Rosa
14 Apr: Stuck tells Mercedes to design 'new chassis'
14 Apr: Happy Buemi pushes to keep Toro Rosso seat
14 Apr: McLaren lineup good for 'five more years' - Whitmarsh
14 Apr: Di Resta gets initial practice for first time in 2011
14 Apr: Reports say Sam Michael's Williams role in doubt
14 Apr: Andretti opposes 2013 rules, Todt visits Ferrari
14 Apr: Kovalainen not looking for Team Lotus switch
14 Apr: Red Bull step 'significant' for Shanghai - Marko
14 Apr: Chinese official calls Vettel 'Fernando Alonso'
14 Apr: F1 teams warned before Shanghai race
13 Apr: Ecclestone decides 3pm GP start on India visit
13 Apr: Bahrain steps up push for new 2011 GP date
13 Apr: Interlagos run-off to be ready for 2011 race
13 Apr: Sepang 'fascinating' not confusing - Coulthard
13 Apr: Virgin must speed up to stay ahead of HRT - Glock
13 Apr: Razia and Valsecchi to drive Lotus cars on Friday
13 Apr: Horner vows to get Webber back into 2011 fight
13 Apr: Montezemolo wants Alonso for PM, no job for Massa
13 Apr: Hulkenberg eyes 2012 Force India race seat

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
2011 Chinese F1 GP
2011 Canadian F1 GP
2011 Spanish F1 GP
MotoGP Tickets
2011 Spanish MotoGP
2011 Catalunya MotoGP
2011 French MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2010 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2010 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers