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GP Week : Issue 68
F1 NEWS >> JENSON Button has hailed his World Championship triumph as a dream come true, after putting in one of the most astounding race performances of the 2009 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix to nish fth from 14th on the grid. Button becomes the 10th Briton to take the F1 drivers' title, achieving his feat on the same day that his BrawnGP team confirmed themselves as 2009 Constructors' Champions in their debut season, a first in the history of Formula 1. Button told the press in Brazil that, bizarrely, the weekend had panned out precisely as it had in a dream. "It was weird, because I dreamed on Friday night that qualifying was going to be terrible and it was," he said. "I also dreamed that night that I was going to win the World Championship this weekend, so maybe there is some truth in dreams." Button also poured cold water on suggestions he hadn't deserved the title. "It's more than relief. You don't win the World Championship and feel relief. This is the end of the fairytale. All of the bad memories and the good memories go through your mind, not just from this year but from previous years in the sport. "I don't think there has been a season like it in Formula 1. So it's great to sit here as World Champion and I personally think I thoroughly deserve it. I am it. I am a World Champion. I'm going to keep saying that all night." Indeed, he couldn't stop saying it all through his championship press conference. "I am the World Champion, baby, and I'm not going to stop saying it." Button's championship came at the track on which he'd scored his first F1 point back in 2000. It was also the second year in a row that an Englishman driving car #22, powered by a Mercedes engine, finished fifth at the Brazilian Grand Prix to win the World Championship. Mercedes boss Norbert Haug told GPWeek that he was delighted to see back- to-back championship success for Mercedes, following Lewis Hamilton's win in 2008. "It's a very good feeling and I'm very pleased for the guys who worked so hard on the engine in Brixworth and Stuttgart, they really deserve it. They did an impeccable job and so far so good. All the engines stayed in one piece which is important and it's great to have back-to-back World Champions and a constructors' championship in addition." He also praised the job done by BrawnGP in the team's debut season. "It's absolutely amazing. That never happened in the history of Formula 1 before. These guys deserve it and they worked so hard and they were nearly out of business last year. We only got a phone call on the fifth of December and then we supplied an engine and now it's winning the championship." Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner also heaped praise on the job done by BrawnGP, whom Red Bull had pushed all season for championship honours. "I think that Brawn, we've pushed them as hard as we can," he told GPWeek. "They got out the blocks really quickly and did a lot of damage early on in the championship. I think we've been stronger certainly in the second half of the year, but congratulations to them. It was a difficult winter for them but we'll be back to fight them next year." Horner also took time to congratulate Button on his success. "With Jenson I've known him since he was ten years of age. We've pushed him hard this year. He's looked a bit wobbly on occasion but he's got the job done and if neither of our drivers could have won the World Championship this year then I'm very pleased for Jenson. I think he's a fitting World Champion." Dreams do come true Jenson dreams of terrible qualifying and a World Championship -- and guess what happened in Brazil! 5