Button: Ross Brawn is the real hero

Newly-crowned F1 world champion Jenson Button has paid a glowing tribute to his team principal Ross Brawn. Button, who took the world title yesterday, admitted during his celebrations that he would not be champion if it were not for the Brawn GP founder.

“This team would not exist if Ross was not here,” said Button. “The car has his name on the side, and that is a lot pressure on a person. So for him to win today both the constructors and the drivers championship is exceptional.”

Brawn was clearly emotional after the chequered flag, and many suspect the championship to be the most important for him, despite the fact he has won other titles with Benetton and Ferrari. Button said that Brawn’s strength had seen both the team and him personally through the troughs in the season.

“The guy deserves a medal. He has won many world championships and he has also seen tough seasons. He has been in every situation, he knows that normally winning the world championship is not easy and you have many dark days. He has been helpful. I don’t think anyone could have done it without him.”

Button himself will make a hero’s return to the UK this evening, before appearing in public tomorrow at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent for Virgin Media.