Sport has a brilliant way of creating dramatic coincidence which makes it appear almost scripted. This week it was Jenson Button for whom the years of development and training came together to give the appearance of a rather perfect working of fate.
The British driver first stood on top of a Formula One podium at the Hungaroring, Budapest in 2006 and was able to re-enact this achievement five years later in his 200th grand prix race. The car had changed, the competition had changed and the circumstances were very different but Button was able to celebrate his centenary race in champagne style.
…he still has the edge to win at the top of his profession.
He celebrated with a party on Friday, followed up by an interview about how much he likes cake, and the number of guests demonstrated how popular he is in the paddock. He has maintained a relaxed, cool and friendly image and has today demonstrated that he still has the edge to win at the top of his profession.
The script seemed even more perfect because Button’s championship challenge had been damaged by a hydraulics failure and an engineer’s mistake that meant he had to retire from the last two races.
…race featured a selection of spins, some brilliant on-track battles…
The race itself was gripping from start to finish. The cars started in the wet and were sliding as the drivers frantically fought to find some grip. The race featured a selection of spins, some brilliant on-track battles and, again, the variability of the weather.
The weather was hard to predict at a cold Hungaroring which featured showers that threatened very wet conditions. Button has often thrived in changeable conditions and benefitted from good tyre choices from his McLaren engineers that allowed him to maintain pace at times when his competitors were being hurt by their strategy choices.
…appeared to have the wrong tyres on at all times…
Lewis Hamilton, his team-mate, appeared to have the wrong tyres on at all times and also received a penalty for turning his car on the track in front of fellow Brit Paul Di Resta after a spin. He was only able to manage a fourth position which earned him fewer championship points than Button, Vettel and Alonso.
With two successive British victories and Paul Di Resta achieving his best position in Formula One as well as British-based teams leading the constructor’s championship it is hard to avoid comment on the recent news that the BBC coverage will be halved for next season. Jake Humphreys, of the BBC team, gave a heartfelt comment about the deal in which he thanked the British fans for their support..
…the jubilation I felt for Button was dampened considerably when…
The excitement and thrill of the race as well as the jubilation I felt for Button was dampened considerably when the advert following the coverage ended with the line “When it’s worth watching, watch it with us”.
Images courtesy of Jenson Button