Very clever race from Button, says Stewart
19 October 2009 – Jackie Stewart was delighted to see Jenson Button become a fellow British World Champion at the weekend. The 29-year-old from Somerset, who drove an excellent race for Brawn GP to rise by nine places in Brazil, becomes the tenth British World Champion.
With more Formula One Champions hailing from Britain than any other part of the world, Scotland's Stewart believed Button's race at Interlagos was timed to near-perfection. "It was a very clever race," the Champion of 1969, 1971 and 1973 said. "Through the debris of the other accidents, he passed people, which is not characteristic of the current Formula One.
"He did it with quiet dignity as well, even at the time when he was getting battered around on the basis that, after the first seven races - of which he won six - there couldn't have been a higher pinnacle to be on, then suddenly there was nothing coming in the way of wins; that must have got to him pretty heavily, and he was being well criticised for it, but he kept his dignity, kept his style and came through.
"He paced himself correctly; he wasn't going to win the race, it was obvious, but at the same time he did it in a calculated, smooth and careful fashion. At the end of the day, that's how you win World Championships."