Having to nurse an important point-advantage on top of the standings with a car that failed to maintain the same level of performance throughout the season was not an easy job, but led many to believe Button's success was all about the great Brawn GP 001 he drove in the first part of the season. However, his fellow drivers think otherwise.
“I think he's a good champion for Formula One and he deserved it,” said the only 2-time world champion on the F1 grid, Fernando Alonso.
“Because he didn't score the points that people expected in the second half, you have the feeling that he stepped back a little bit, but I think he did a very good job. If you look at the overall view of the championship from race one to the final race, he was the best of us, so he deserved it,” insisted Alonso, who will next year have a go at Button's title from a Ferrari.
Former Ferrari-an Kimi Raikkonen also believes Button is worthy winner of the 2010 title, as he scored the highest number of points in the season.
“Whoever gets the most points deserves it, so he's definitely the right man,” was the simple reaction of the 2007 F1 champion.
F1 veteran Jarno Trulli also believes Button did a great job throughout the 2009 season, doing exactly what the car allowed him to: win races when it was a race-winning machinery and defend his point advantage when it struggled with lack of performance.
Button won the 2009 title one race until the final chequered flag of the season, a performance last managed by Fernando Alonso back in 2005.