Jenson Button received a hero’s homecoming on Tuesday as he arrived back in the UK after winning the 2009 F1 World Championship with a nail-biting charge to fifth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The 29-year-old flew in from Saul Paulo overnight and was whisked to a promotional event at Kent’s Bluewater Shopping Centre where he described how it felt to be crowned champion.
“It s quite surreal,â€ the British driver told reporters. “I got off the plane and came straight here. It s been an emotional flight back. This weekend has been pretty special for me and everyone who has been involved since the start of my career.
“I ve spent 21 years racing with this goal in mind, which I have now managed to achieve.
“We re not going to forget about this for a long time. Every morning I wake up, until next season, I m going to have a smile on my face. I ve had a difficult time of it in the past.
“It s about staying strong in the difficult times. You need good people around you to keep you positive and keep your feet on the ground. I ve made mistakes along the way but I ve put them right and I think people appreciate that.â€
Button also confirmed that he is in negotations with Brawn to stay with the team in 2010.
“The most important thing for my career is to be in a competitive car, and this year I ve had that,” he said. “I m not looking for a new team. I want to be with Brawn.”
“We just haven t discussed it during the season. And it was right not to do so because we had to focus on winning a world championship. Now we can sit down and discuss it a bit more.”