From a betting front, one was right, the other just out (Vettel came 4th), with no laying, you should be ahead nicely. Webber was never really troubled, and easily deserved the win. Vettel and Button both drove phenomenally well, but for Vettel it was too much to ask after his dire qualifying to keep his slender title hopes alive.
Now we have back-to-back British world champion drivers and constructors’ champions. Once Abu Dhabi is done I’ll write a special review of the entire season.
Did Button deserve it? I’ve knocked him frequently for being damned lucky. And he was. But the drive he put in today was outstandingly good. Based on what he did today, carving his way through the field like a hot knife through butter, I do believe he deserves the victory.
Brawn definitely deserve their title, Ross Brawn used the double diffuser to get a stranglehold on the early races and built unstoppable momentum, maintaining competitiveness in the second half of the season to win by a very good margin.
Regarding the race: it showed us some valuable things. Firstly, the Red Bull was excellent in the dry, as showed by the first practice session which is why I backed Webber rather than Barrichello. Secondly, Kobayashi[sp] put in a great debut performance, and could be one for the future. Thirdly, circuits where overtaking on the track is possible are almost always better than those where it isn’t.
We should also point out Kubica’s great second and Hamilton’s third, after starting 8th and 18th respectively. Chaotic, breathless and damned exciting. I feel sympathy for Vettel who could have come 1st or 2nd quite easily had his qualifying not been such a disappointment.
In the future, Vettel and Hamilton will be two long term contenders. I’d be staggered if Vettel didn’t win a driver’s title in the next few years (assuming he has a competitive time), and Hamilton could easily rack up more.
Abu Dhabi is the final race, no championship up for grabs so everyone will just be going for the win. Let’s hope it measures up to the likes of Spa, Monza and Interlagos.