Schumacher Picks Button for 2009 Championship

Although all eyes are focused at Renault and Flavio Briatore following the verdict issued by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on Monday, former 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher changed the subject a little bit on Tuesday. The man who almost made his comeback in a Formula One machinery this season preferred to talk about the title fight this year and how he'd pick his favorites for the closing 4 stages of the season.

The Ferrari-an admitted that Jenson Button would be his first pick for the championship. He argued that, aside from the fact that he has a 14-point advantage on top of the standings, his title rivals are not benefiting from a performing package to challenge him for race wins weekend in and weekend out.

Looking at the situation, I would pretty much expect Jenson to win this title. It's very hard to take it away from him, particularly knowing the problems and reliability issues they have had at Red Bull. It's going to be a challenge, but the points difference is usually too big,” said Schu, according to

One cannot help but noticing that Schumacher left former teammate Rubens Barrichello outside the equation for the 2009 title, as it is the Brazilian who is in fact regarded as Button's main challenger for the F1 crown, not Schu's countryman Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver is 26 points behind the Brit in the overall classification, while his teammate is some 2.5 points further back.

In addition, the Ferrari-an expressed his optimism that Germany will once again have a multiple world champion in Formula One in the person of Vettel. As argued by Schumacher, the 21-year old is showing some remarkable qualities in the sport and has all the aces to win several world titles in the future.

As I proved every two weeks in Formula One, he is showing his qualities now. He has all the ingredients to do so (become a multiple World Champion),” added Schu.
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