Few years ago the main talking point about Jenson Button was whether he will ever win a Formula One race. He broke his winning duck on August 6, 2006 in Hungary, his 113th F1 race. He currently stands 3rd in the table of most races before first win behind Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli. All these three are in danger of being overtaken by Mark Webber (at the time of the writing 128 races without win) or Nick Heidfeld (157) .
But with an “outrageous monster of a car” in his hands there are other more distinguished records in Button’s sight.
He has already become the first F1 driver to win three F1 races in a row with the same engine.
By winning 6th race out 7 this season he joined the company of Jim Clark (1965) and Michael Schumacher (2002 and 2004) – the only other drivers who managed the same.
With 6 wins under his belt, good car in his hands and 10 races to go this season there is a realistic possibility of few more wins. To do better than Schumacher’s record of 13 race wins in 2004 may be a tall order. But, till today, Michael Schumacher is the only driver in F1 history with more than 10 wins in a single season (13 in 2004 and 11 in 2002) and only Mansell, Hakkinen, Hill and Senna have won 8 or more races in one season. Joining this company is within Button’s reach.
Turkish Grand Prix win was 4th consecutive win for Jenson Button after Bahrain, Spain and Monaco. A win at Silverstone would bring him to the company of Michael Schumacher, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell – the only drivers with 5 or more consecutive wins.
But … even after such an early season dominance the title fight is far from over. Jenson Button may have 61 points out of possible 65. But he is still only 26 points ahead of Barrichello and just over 30 points ahead of the Red Bull duo. There are still 100 points to fight for …
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