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Murray Walker | 16:15 UK time, Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Never before has there been a Formula 1 season like this... and it reached a glorious climax in Brazil. I've seen Jenson Button up close through good times and bad times. Becoming world champion couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke. And what about his Brawn team taking the constructors' crown in their debut season? Find out my thoughts on this incredible story, and more, below:

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  • Comment number 1.

    What about KOBOYASHI, great debut????? Love your report anyway and what you said

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Murray
    A very good review, as always. Here are my questions for you this week:
    1)Who do you think will clinch 2nd place in the drivers' championship?
    2)Do you think Jenson should sign for Brawn next year?
    3)Do you think Kobayashi was drving dangerously?
    It will be interesting to here your views on these and well done Jenson for fantastic season and a very spirited drive on Sunday.

  • Comment number 3.

    Brilliant as always, Murray! Can't wait for Abu Dhabi! See you there!

  • Comment number 4.

    Great reveiw my question is ~What is your favourite F1 moment post 2000?

  • Comment number 5.

    Good blog as ever Murray..
    a quick question, why hasn't anyone yet suggested Jenson for the other seat at McLaren? They can provide him with the car, the engine, the money. Mercedes like him (he's just won them a couple of World Chapionships), the boys at Woking would surely like to keep the No.1 on the car and they can't possibly build another dog like the one they started with this year. They have a track record unlike BAR/Honda/Brawn, all they don't have is Ross. Or will Mercedes be paying Jenson's World Champions wages at Brawn? Jenson for 2010!

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Murray,

    What a fantastic race.

    At the end of last season, I thought Jensen's F1 race career was coming to a close. When he started, he was the youngest, and showed early promise, and then later in the Benneton, although he was very unlucky. I thought the move to BAR was a mistake, as I couldn't see them being a 'Top Team'. But Jensen stuck with them with Honda and persevered. It's been a long time coming, but finally all the hard work has paid off, along with a run of good luck.

    I don't know who I'd choose to take the 2nd spot. Rubens has worked hard for it this season. He's had some rotten luck at times (and some tantrums) but he worked through it. With the title already in the bag for Jensen, Rubens should expect a great deal of support from his team-mate, and while he is now 2 points behind Vettel, I think Rubens has the better chance.

    But I'd like Vettel to take it. He's a young driver, fighting fit and eager to win. He's got a good head on his shoulders, and a lot of talent. Asuming Red Bull have a good car again next year, I'd tip Vettel for the title.

    Kobayashi certainly knows his way around in a formula 1 car. I think he handled himself very well during the race and qualifying. He's one to watch.

  • Comment number 7.

    Brilliant review Murray, and a truly cracking race.
    Despite personally wanting Rubens Barrichello to win, I have to say hats of to Jenson for a fantastic race...he is truly a worthy world champion and i wouldn't be surprised to see him win in Abu-Dhabi now that the pressure is off him.

    My questions this week are:
    - Do you think Kobayashi should have been penalised for cutting across on Nakajima
    - Do you think that Brawn will still be winning championships next year
    - Do you think Kobayashi could be a star of the future
    - Whose fault was the accident between Jarno and Adrian...and on a slightly less serious note, who do you think would have won if they had a fight :), it looked like things were really going to kick off for a minute!

  • Comment number 8.

    It IS a great story Murray, but you seem to have ignored all the controversy this season, and surely that colours how we interpret the result.

    I find myself not celebrating an Englishman winning like I did last year. What little faith I had in the sport has been eroded and I don't believe that Button is the best driver out there, nice guy though I'm sure he is.

  • Comment number 9.

    robrace, I fully agree with you. It's far from certain Brawn will be on the pace next year and I think Button should ride the high and move to the empty McLaren seat.

  • Comment number 10.

    CWT: You have a point, as I've said before, if you put Lewis and Jenson in equal cars then Lewis would probably win. The fact is though that Lewis never was in a position to defend his title and while Jenson has his iffy moments this season, no one could really take advantage of them.

    He is 'not' the first guy to win the F1 title in that fashion. This was his first serious attempt at a title and he pulled it off after a career of being in "dogs" and it's also the first time the World championship has been won by Brits in consecutive Brits in my lifetime!

    Maybe it'll be a one off, who knows, who cares? Still awesome!

  • Comment number 11.

    Jenson should team Hamilton? No way! (Sorry) I'd like to think Jenson will stay at Brawn, Jenson Button fully deserves his F1 title!

    I was gutted not to go to Blue water today.

  • Comment number 12.

    Murray - a couple of quick questions:
    Which country's stewards would you say are the most pragmatic or lenient - and which are the most legalistic?
    How do you feel about races being decided by the stewards after the broadcasters have packed up their microphones?
    It was a pleasant change to see little interference from the stewards at Brazil this year compared to other recent races - making the commentary around various incidents a delight rather than an extended wait for the inevitable penalties. Late decisions (like 2003) rather demean the extraordinary professionalism of our commentary teams.
    And how about the FIA introducing an extra podium award for the year's champion in case he doesn't finish on the top three at the deciding race? Even if it were only a bottle of champers?
    Thanks over and again for continually inspiring us all.

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Murray!Got a question for you. Will Nico Rosberg replace Rubens Barrichello at Brawn Gp?

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Murray, always love watching your review videos, and what a great race to talk about!

    Tremendous excitement and many superb overtaking manouvres, as we returned to this fantastic circuit.

    Great to see Jenson Button win the title, and what an immense achievement for Brawn, in only their first season. This is good to see, and good for the sport, and also encouraging to those teams making their debut next year.

    I must also send out my congrats to Kamui Kobayashi, who I thought did a brilliant job in the Toyota! Gave us lots to whoop about! I wonder if Toyota actually manage to lure Kimi Raikkonen into their that would be interesting...

    Looking forward to Abu Dhabi! :)

  • Comment number 15.

    Good thoughts as ever, Murray. With the media understandably awash with the glory of Button's triumph, it's been easy to overlook the tremendous performances of Webber and Hamilton. Without doubt one of the best races I've had the privilege to witness.

  • Comment number 16.

    Right, about Jenson vs Lewis in the same cars.

    I think if both cars are at their peak and running flawlessly, Jenson would win the majority of the races. However, if both were asked to adapt to certain misgivings or failings within the machine, Hamilton would be far better equipped to deal with them. It's an odd situation, where I believe the younger driver is the more mature, but Button is peerless when he feels everything is perfect for him.

    Either way, we have two very talented and very humble world champions to celebrate, and I wish them both the best of luck next season.

  • Comment number 17.

    Man, I don't know much about Formula 1 politics, but why isn't this guy still doing TV commentary??

    The voice is still there, the passion is still there, what's the delay? Get him behind the mic BBC!

    Cos he's a national treasure, and we'll miss him when he's gone.

  • Comment number 18.

    why do ppl leave questions for Murray, he doesn't answer them does he?

  • Comment number 19.

    @Jezzabythesea Yes he does, he answers people's questions after every race in a video similar to this one.

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Murray,

    Do you think Kobayashi deserves a drive in F1 next season. I personally thought he was brilliant all weekend.

    Also, who would you like to see team up with Jenson and Lewis next season, if we assume that Rubens and Heikki move on to pastures new?




  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Murray,

    I am quite sad that Rubens finished in a lowly 8th, because I have been a Barrichello fan all my life.

    See you soon!

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello Murray,

    Great video, some great comments. I think you do have to feel sorry for Rubens - he's a great driver, but he has just always seems to have the worst luck in the world when racing at Interlagos. With regard to the race, I wanted to ask a question for your next "Questions Answered" video (if you're doing another one):

    Should Kovalinen and Mclaren have been given a harsher penalty?

    I ask because they only got fined, whereas Massa got a drive-through penalty in Singapore last year (and he didn't set fire to the pitlane, or have to have his fuel hose removed by another teams mechanics). What do you make of it?

    Cheers Murray!

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Murray,

    Once again a spot-on review of the race, and my heartfelt congratulations go to Jenson, Rubens and especially Ross Brawn and the rest of his team for a SUPERLATIVE season! I still find it incredible that this team didn't "exist" a month before the season started, and to pull-off two world championships in their first season is outstanding.

    Jenson no doubt proved his "critics" wrong by driving the pants off his Brawn in what was undoubtedly the race of the year. But my question is, who are these "critics" that are mentioned time and time again by the media? I have never read an article or listened to a report this year in which the author has denounced Jenson's driving and expressed an opinion that he would not be a worthy champion. Still, whoever they are, he produced a Champion's Drive in Brazil, and hats off to him.

    What a season, and what a breath of fresh air the BBC have been in bringing the drama into our living rooms. The scenes of celebration in the Brawn garage on Sunday are going to stay with me for a long time to come. As a legendary and brilliant commentator once said, I had a lump in my throat!

  • Comment number 24.

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  • Comment number 25.

    Murray Walker said:

    "Heikki Kovalainen literally fired things up too, as he mimiked Felipe Massa at Singapore last year, exiting his pit stop with the fuel hose and doing his best to incinerate Kimi Raikkonen."

    How can you beat wonderful reportage like that!

  • Comment number 26.

    PS - not sure why my original post was prohibited, maybe it was the use of an innocent nickname I have for one of my favourite up-and-coming drivers, anyway...I'll try again:

    My question for your next Q&A feature is:

    Why does Adrian Sutil always seem to be on the receiving end of some major shunts? As far as I can tell, he always seems to be the innocent party, but is there some kind of aspect of his driving which lulls the driver behind into making a move which inevitably leads to a collision?

  • Comment number 27.

    Thankfully the infatuation with Buttons success is now subsiding within the media. I was sickened to watch three prime time BBC news programmes salivate over him, while not even mentioning Webers name. Indeed, even the BBC F1 web page did virtually the same. Class stuff.

    Make the most of KOBOYASHI at the next race, for if he gets a car in 2010 it wont be long before the FIA & entrepreneurs get their talons in him and sanitise his driving style. After all, you can't have F1 drivers, who earn millions, driving in far less precarious situations than we do every day on our way to work, right?

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Murray,

    How do you think the achievements of Button & Brawn compare with those of Stewart & Tyrrell in 1971? I appreciate that Stewart already had one WDC under his belt after winning it for effectively the same team (Matra) in '69

    Also what are your thoughts on what will happen with the qualifying format next season given that:

    a) fuel levels will no longer be a consideration?
    b) that FOM (rather than necessarily the FIA) will be keen to avoid what happened this weekend in Brazil?

    Of course it could stay as it is and the top 10 shoot-out could be with the cars on minimal fuel levels again but with no refuelling allowed during the session, will they have to start qualifying on full tanks? And if the cars spend the night in parc ferme again next season, will all qualifying have to be done with race fuel on board?

  • Comment number 29.

    Hello Murray
    Last year when Massa had his fuel rig problem his team had to run down the pit lane to sort it.Was it not a lot more sporting to see the brawn team help out the the driver this time? Even to the point of waving Kovi back out as quick as possible.

  • Comment number 30.

    Go bless Murray we love you!

  • Comment number 31.

    I no Silverstone still needs to be improved for the spectators, but dont let Bernie drive the GP away from Britain just for his own greed

  • Comment number 32.

    Re: #29 paulbrawn wrote:

    Hello Murray
    Last year when Massa had his fuel rig problem his team had to run down the pit lane to sort it.Was it not a lot more sporting to see the brawn team help out the the driver this time? Even to the point of waving Kovi back out as quick as possible.

    The big difference between the Massa incident and the Kovalainen one was that Massa pulled up right at the end of the pit lane (way past the last garage) whereas Kovalainen stopped right in front of the Brawn pit!!

    It was in Brawn's best interests to clear the fuel line from Heikki's car and waving him out just in case one of their drivers needed to come in.

  • Comment number 33.

    1st season itinery
    layoff most of your workforce
    wonder where to get engines for season
    get last minute sponcorship
    win first race with both drivers on podeum
    end up with one driver world champion and hopfully other driver runner up
    win constructors championship
    not bad really
    Brilliant season of proper racing with some spectacular overtaking
    Plus we finish with hearing the voice of F1 the one and only Murry Walker
    WELL DONE EVERYONE AT BRAWN, from the top to last person, also F1 commentary team.


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