’s five wins from the first seven races of the championship gave the Brawn Mercedes racer a huge early advantage in the championship standings. While more recent races have not gone the way of the British driver, he heads to Suzuka this week with a statistical chance
of wrapping up the championship with two rounds remaining.
Only two other drivers still have the ability to win the drivers’ championship - Team-mate Rubens Barrichello
and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.
The constructors’ championship is now between Brawn and Red Bull. Brawn could make history in Japan should they clinch the constructors’ championship in their first year of competition.
Button wins the championship if:
He wins and Barrichello finishes 4th or lower (94 points – 74)
He finishes 2nd and Barrichello finishes 6th or lower (92 – 72)
He finishes 3rd and Barrichello finishes 8th or lower (90 – 70)
He finishes 4th and Barrichello fails to score.
(89 – 69)
Barrichello remains in the title chase if:
He wins (79-92)
He finishes 2nd and Button wins (77 – 94)
Barrichello finishes 3rd and Button 4th (75 – 89)
Barrichello finishes 4th and Button 5th ( 74 - 88)
Barrichello finishes 5th and Button 6th (73 - 87)
Barrichello finishes 6th and button 7th ( 72 - 86)
Barrichello finishes 7th and Button 8th (71 - 85)
Sebastian Vettel remains in the title chase if:
He wins and Button finishes 5th or below. (69 – 88)
He finishes 2nd and Button finishes 7th or below (67 – 86)
Brawn win the constructors’ championship if:
They score 11.5 points more than Red Bull Renault. 12 points are only possible if Brawn finish:
1st and 7th (12)
Or 2nd and 5th (12)