Press hails F1 world champion ButtonThe press on Monday hailed Formula One world champion Jenson Button Jenson Alexander Lyons Button, often called Jense, (born 19 January, 1980) is an English Formula One racing driver. He currently competes for the Honda Racing F1 team. He won his first Grand Prix in Hungary, on August 6 2006 after 113 races. after he clinched the title at the Brazilian Grand Prix The Brazilian Grand Prix (Portuguese: Grande Prêmio do Brasil) is a Formula One championship race which occurs at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos, Brazil. , after 10 years' slogging on the circuit.
Pictures of Button celebrating his victory made the front pages of all the national papers, broadsheet and tabloid alike, after his title-clinching fifth place at Interlagos in the season's penultimate Grand Prix Grand Prix
n. pl. Grand Prix
Any of several competitive international road races for sports cars of specific engine size over an exacting, usually risky course. .
Many commentators recalled his hard times fighting down the grid, when his detractors said he was not made of championship material. Britain's F1 world champions
The Daily Mail's chief sports writer Noun 1. sports writer - a journalist who writes about sports
journalist - a writer for newspapers and magazines Martin Samuel argued that Button's win was a victory for the driver, rather than his Brawn GP car.
"Button became everything his detractors said he could never be, displayed every raw emotion and drop of passion he was said to possess," he wrote.
"In manoeuvring through the field to a position of unsurmountable superiority on the season leaderboard lead·er·board
A board that displays the leaders in a competition.
a board displaying the current scores of the leading competitors, esp in a golf tournament , Button delivered the drive of a true champion, of an extraordinary winner."
The Times' motor racing motor racing n (BRIT) → carreras fpl de coches; automovilismo
motor racing motor n (Brit) → course f automobile correspondent Edward Gorman wrote: "Button's detractors talk of a mediocre driver who benefited from an outstanding car, a man whose uncertain progress to the summit revealed as many strengths in his make-up as weaknesses.
"Inside the sport, however, that view has gained little traction."
Richard Williams in The Guardian, said Button's path to the title had been strewn strew
tr.v. strewed, strewn or strewed, strew·ing, strews
1. To spread here and there; scatter: strewing flowers down the aisle.
2. with obstacles -- some of them self-erected.
"Button is not burdened with an over-inflated ego, and a world championship is unlikely to change him," he wrote.
"Among the most valuable weapons in a world champion's armoury is the instinct for joining the right team at the right time, and until this year it seemed to be the attribute Button most crucially lacked.
"The champion is the one with the skill and intelligence to take advantage of his circumstances, as Jenson Button has done at last."
The Daily Mirror's chief sports writer Oliver Holt Oliver Charles Thomas Holt (born May 22 1966 said: "They said he was a party boy, that he was a in Manchester) is an award-winning sports journalist who writes for the Daily Mirror newspaper in the United Kingdom. dilettante dil·et·tante
n. pl. dil·et·tantes also dil·et·tan·ti
1. A dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge. See Synonyms at amateur.
2. A lover of the fine arts; a connoisseur.
adj. , that he should have been a singer in a boy band, not a racer.
"It was a victory for the underdog in a sport that doesn't really do underdogs. It was a victory for a driver and a team that had been flung on the scrapheap 10 months ago. They will make a Hollywood movie about it one day, no question."
The Sun's Steven Howard wrote: "It was the day when all the long struggles that have beset Button down the years were made worthwhile -- when the man mocked for a playboy image emerged as a racer of courage and distinction."
The tabloid's editorial said: "It won't be long before cops ask speeding drivers, as they used to in the days of Stirling Moss Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss OBE (born September 17, 1929 in London) is a retired racing driver from England. His success in a variety of categories placed him among the world's elite – he is often called "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship". : 'Who do you think you are? Jenson Button?'"
Bob McKenzie, in the Daily Express, said Button's victory proved that nice guys can win.
"Button, 29, is one of the most decent men in motorsport, someone who remained affable but focused during the years when his commitment was tested to the limit," he wrote.
The Daily Telegraph's chief sports writer Kevin Garside said Button was a "racing driver masquerading as an IT supervisor" who "conquered by stealth".
"Through little fault of his own, Button is a champion without a defining moment.
"He deserves his success. More than that he has earned it. In the wilderness years with Honda his head rarely dropped. He never once complained or dished dished
2. Slanting toward one another at the bottom. Used of a pair of wheels.
Adj. 1. dished - shaped like a dish or pan
concave - curving inward the blame.
David Tremayne in The Independent said: "Button had become a figure for whom respect seemed to be disappearing as fast as the cars in front of him."
But at Interlagos, "It was as if the real Jenson Button turned up, and there was nothing feeble or insecure about the way he went about cementing his title with a race to spare. The confidence was back in spades, and he got the job done in style."