Schumi backs Button for title

Michael Schumacher has tipped Jenson Button to take the 2009 world championship, but reckons it won’t be long before fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel wows F1.

Button arrives in Singapore with a fourteen point lead over his closest rival, Rubens Barrichello, and a twenty six point lead over Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

Schumacher, seven times a world champion himself, thinks that will be enough of a cushion to allow Button to become champion.

“Looking at the situation, I would pretty much expect Jenson to fix this title,” Schumacher told the Race of Champions podcast. “It’s very hard to take it away, particularly knowing the problems and the reliability issues they have had at Red Bull.

“The mileage Sebastian has left in his hands as well [is a problem], so it’s going to be tough to challenge and the points difference is too much.”

Schumacher said he was impressed by Vettel this year and believes it won’t be long before he becomes a champion himself.

“He has all the ingredients to do so,” said Schumacher when asked about Vettel’s chances of winning multiple titles.

“I myself never wanted to be compared with anybody else because I wanted to be myself and so he wants to. I think everybody should respect that.”