BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Saturday October 03 2009 11:50 GMT

Button in 12th place for Japanese F1

Jenson Button

F1 drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will be starting the grid five places lower at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

They are being penalised after they failed to slow down when yellow flags were waved in the qualifying session.

Fernando Alonso, Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Buemi are also being punished for the same offence.

It means that Button is down to 12th and Barrichello to 10th on the grid for the race at Suzaka.

Button had qualified in seventh, Barrichello in fifth.

Sebastian Vettel won the qualifier, and will start in pole position.

Jarno Trulli is second, with Lewis Hamilton third.

Bad weather conditions caused many drivers to crash. German driver Timo Glock had to be airlifted to hospital with a leg injury after crashing into a tyre wall.

Winning the title

At the moment only three people can win the title, Button, Barrichello or Sebastian Vettel for the Red Bull team.

Jenson Button needs to score just five more points than team mate Rubens Barrichello to win the Championship.

Jenson Button is currently 15 points in front of Barrichello and 25 in front of Vettel.

However Button has said that beating Barrichello by five points when "he's at his prime" will be very difficult.

Button has not won since the Turkish Grand Prix in June but Barrichello has won two of the last four races.

Button says he is finding it "tough" to deal with the pressure, but that it's very exciting.