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Button seeks place in F1 history


Button analyses his maiden world title upon return to the UK

Newly-crowned Formula 1 champion Jenson Button has set his sights on creating history by becoming the first British driver to win consecutive world titles.

On Sunday he became the 10th Briton to take the title, also helping his Brawn team win the constructors' crown.

The 29-year-old, who insists he wants to stay with the Brawn team, said: "No British driver has ever won back-to-back titles - so that's an ambition.

"This team is not a one-hit wonder and neither am I."

Button's stunning fifth at the Brazilian Grand Prix - after starting near the back of the grid in 14th - was enough to earn him the biggest prize and see him follow in the footsteps of fellow British champions Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Lewis Hamilton.

Stressful but exceptional year - Button

Graham Hill and Clark both won the title twice, and Stewart three times, but none of them managed to claim back-to-back triumphs.

Button returned to the UK on Tuesday to give a news conference and meet fans at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and despite having held the title for less than 48 hours, he had already turned his attention to defending the crown.

"It's great to win the world championship and every person that's done it will tell you that but to be able to defend it is exceptional," he explained.

Button has still yet to put pen to paper on a new deal to remain with Brawn for the 2010 season.

However, after Brawn chief executive Nick Fry's confident assertions in the aftermath of the Brazilian race that the driver wanted to stay, Button indicated that he wished to remain loyal to the team that rose out of the ashes of Honda's decision to pull out of F1 last December.

"I would like to stay with Brawn," said Button.

"The team might have changed names and it might have shrunk in size but I love the atmosphere of this team and the way that we all pull together in the difficult times - and we've been through a lot of difficult times in the past."

Jenson Button
Button won six of the first seven races of the 2009 season

He added: "I'm not that expensive compared to some drivers... I'm not one of these drivers that's going to be looking for a new team who can pay me a lot of money."

Button, who was forced to take a pay cut of £5m down to £3m in order to race with Brawn, said it was always the intention to wait until the end of the team's debut F1 season before discussing a new deal.

"We've been waiting until now to discuss the future. It's the perfect thing to do," stated Button.

"It's not about the money. I want to be with a team that can win. I have become world champion with a team that nobody ever thought would win the championship, especially in their first year but there are many things that we need to talk about.


"We've achieved so much together, we respect each other very much and it's just that the talks haven't taken place."

It has been a rollercoaster year for Brawn, whose existence was only confirmed three weeks before the start of the season.

Team principal Ross Brawn spent the winter desperately seeking a buyer and engineered an 11th-hour management buy-out, aided by financial help from Honda and support from engine supplier Mercedes-Benz, to secure his outfit's future.

In March of this year, Brawn were forced to axe 270 staff members in cost-cutting measures.

Asked about whether he thought he might now be a role model for aspiring young drivers Button joked that when he came into the sport 10 years, he "thought it was a weekend job".

But, on a more serious note, he added: "Formula 1 becomes your life and it has to be if you want to win a title.

"I'm hoping that kids who race in Britain and around the world look up to drivers in F1. Personally, I've made mistakes along the way. But I've put that right and hopefully people respect that."

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Brawn confident Button will stay
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Brawn win title in debut F1 year
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