Championship points after Japan

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Drivers’ championship standings

DriverPoints
1Jenson Button85
2Rubens Barrichello71
3Sebastian Vettel69
4Mark Webber51.5
5Kimi Raikkonen45
6Lewis Hamilton43
7Nico Rosberg34.5
8Jarno Trulli30.5
9Fernando Alonso26
10Timo Glock24
11Heikki Kovalainen22
12Felipe Massa22
13Nick Heidfeld15
14Robert Kubica9
15Giancarlo Fisichella8
16Adrian Sutil5
17Sebastien Buemi3
18Sebastien Bourdais2
19Vitantonio Liuzzi0
20Kazuki Nakajima0
21Nelson Piquet Jnr0
22Romain Grosjean0
23Luca Badoer0
24Jaime Alguersuari0

Constructors’ championship standings

DriverPoints
1Brawn156
2Red Bull120.5
3Ferrari67
4McLaren65
5Toyota54.5
6Williams34.5
7Renault26
8BMW24
9Force India13
10Toro Rosso5

Drivers’ championship battle

Drivers' championship battle (click to enlarge)
Drivers' championship battle (click to enlarge)

Japanese Grand Prix

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14 comments on “Championship points after Japan”

  1. If we get rain at Interlagos, Vettel might just have a tiny chance of snatching it.

    1. A Button DNF is needed and with the reliability of the Brawn GP car there is 0.01% chance of Button not finishing

      1. Look at Spa, someone could smash into him. Car isn’t everything and he could make a mistake.

  2. Button needs to finish fourth…
    well Barrichello’s probably going to win it, so I’d say Brawn 1-2 at a track where they should be strong to wrap up the season.

  3. if Mclaren want to beat Ferrari, kovi needs to step up! big time! its so close but you never know when fisco might start scoring points

  4. Vettel squashed everyone in Japan. Why wouldn’t he have a similar car, mechanically, at Interlagos. The backend of the track might suit some other cars but from the final turn to the first half, I don’t see a lot of difference. The Brawns need to band together or have the drivers go against each other. Rubens should get a mental boost from his home track. Button is too English to go rogue and do something extreme. Either way, they better wake up. Or else we’ll see another British driver choke at the last second.

  5. Anytime Brawn Say The Next Circuit Will Suit Them, Mclaren Always Win Or On The Podium!

    Hungary
    Valencia
    Singapore

    I Really Hope It Goes To The End Of The Season With Jenson Winning But After A Champions Display In Abu Dhabi.

    If He Doesnt Produce A Champions Display Then He Shouldnt Win

    Ok Winning 6 of the first 7 Races Is Amazing, But Since Then Hes Been Shambles! A Point There Another Here

    :/

    Id Love Vettel & Ruby To Be Within 10 Points Of Button In Abu Dhabi. Would Be Very Interesting!

    1. If He Doesnt Produce A Champions Display Then He Shouldnt Win

      Winning six out of seven races isn’t a champion’s display?

      1. Those 6 races he had by far the fastest car and the easiest one to drive.

        1. And Barrichello has driven better over more races, it just so happened he didn’t have a dominant care when he was on form.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys
    4th October 2009, 13:17

    Vettel really needs some results to go his way if he wants to win. On the other hand, if Button gets fourth or fifth in Interlagos, it’s pretty much his regardless of where the others finish.

    If He Doesnt Produce A Champions Display Then He Shouldnt Win

    First of all, posting entirely in caps isn’t on. It’s against etiquette and the forum’s software prevents it, but capitalises every first lett, which makes things hard to read.

    Secondly, people are being too critical of Button simply because he’s been off-form in the second half. If this were Hamilton, Alonso, Raikkonen or Massa that we were talking about, you’d all be commending them for holding onto their title chances so well.

    1. PM I think you are now secretly supporting Barrichello ;)

  7. I don’t really get what all this extra talk about the title race being more open now.

    Before Japan, Button needed 15 points to guarantee the championship.

    After Japan, Button only needs 6 points to win!

    Job done!

  8. So mathematically Vettel needs a win and second place without Button scoring? Sounds very unlikely now

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