He may not have won the championship last season, but Jenson Button may have driven better than ever. In the fourth of my nine part series on the top drivers, here's my analysis.
A brilliant season in 2011 saw Jenson Button finishing 2nd in the championship, with many analysts and fans saying that he had his best ever season, even better than his amazing 2009 Championship Winning year. Was this the case? Well, its certainly a fair argument.
Button drove brilliantly in 2011, winning three marvellous races on his way to being the runner up in the Championship, and usually being the main threat to runaway winner Sebastian Vettel. And he seemed to improve massively upon his 2010 season, with a very calm driving style, and a whole new level of performance. His Canadian victory, where he worked his way up from 23rd, survived two collisions, a drive-thru' penalty and a puncture, to win on the very last lap was one of the greatest drives I've ever seen, with Button occupying every position from 23rd to 1st in an unbelievable drive.
I'm going to stick my neck out and say 2011. Simply because he has just so recently come to the team which is effectively "owned" by Lewis Hamilton, and in just his second season with him, well and truly beaten him, which is something Fernando Alonso couldn't even do. (Alonso and Hamilton scored level points in 2007) So after a brilliant year last year, Jenson Button couldn't be better placed to mount a serious title charge, surely as McLaren's number one driver after last year.
So yes, 2011 was Jenson Button's best ever year.
Over the next few weeks I will be looking at the six world champions on the grid, as well as three other drivers in top teams, in articles like this, as we prepare for the start of the season