F1 championship leader Jenson Button is one of the smoothest drivers on the circuit and the return of slick tyres has suited him down to the ground.
Slicks have a tendency to degrade very quickly, particularly the rears, but Button’s style is very easy on the tyres, which has given him an advantage over many of the other drivers this season.
So far 2009 has been one of the biggest ever fairytale stories in Formula One and in particular for the British racing driver.
In 2007 and 2008 he had terrible cars, which gave him absolutely no hope of battling at the front. Even the best drivers in the world, like Fernando Alonso, wouldn’t have been able to extract much more from those two forgettable cars.
Then over the winter Button wasn’t even sure whether he would be actually racing at all in 2009, until Ross Brawn took over the troubled Honda team.
But now, six races into the 2009 season, he has won 5 of them and holds a 16 point lead over his teammate Rubens Barrichello in the drivers’ championship, and 28 points over Sebastien Vettel.
His fans say the he showed signs throughout his F1 career that he was potentially a great driver, but that he just never had the car he deserves until now.
Button is one of the best wet weather drivers and has brilliant race craft. He is also a grafter, and this season he has been more dedicated than ever.
He is also one of the fittest, if not the fittest driver on the grid. He recently participated in triathlons, and will contest the London triathlon in August.
Yet some sceptics remain unconvinced by his skills and attribute his success so far to the car Ross Brawn has given him.
So will he take top place on the podium again in Istanbul this Sunday and silence his critics by seizing the Turkish Grand Prix crown?
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team