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My Championship Year [Hardcover]

Jenson Button
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Book Description

Jan. 6 2010
On 4 December 2008, just a few months before the new season was due to start, the Honda Racing F1 team, which Jenson Button had been driving for since 2006, pulled the plug on their involvement in Formula One. The media at the time reported that it was likely that the factory would be forced to shut, and it was unlikely that Jenson would be able to secure a drive at a top team at this late stage. Yet incredibly, in October 2009, Jenson Button was crowned World Champion, and the new team that had risen from the ashes of the HondaORacing F1 teamO- Brawn GP - secured the constructors' championship in their first season, a feat never before achieved. If this were a movie script you wouldn't believe it possible, so how did it happen? MY CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR tells Jenson's incredible story of the 2009 season, from being written off pre-season to winning six of the first seven races, and finally securing the championship in brilliant style at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Jenson's personal commentary on the races is combined with notes on strategy, on-board radio exchanges, quotes from the team and even text messages to recreate the atmosphere of each race weekend. With a foreword by Ross Brawn, it is a fascinating account of an extraordinary grand prix year, and shows just what it takes to become world champion.

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A fascinating account of an extraordinary Grand Prix year WESTERN MAIL --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jenson Button was born on 19 January 1980 in Frome, Somerset, and made his Grand Prix debut at the age of 20. In 2009, in his tenth season and driving for the newly-formed Brawn GP team, he became the Formula 1 world champion after a stunning drive in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book...nothing earth shattering. Feb. 10 2014
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I liked this book. I liked the layout - how he described each race during the season in pretty good detail. And there was some inside information..,but not THAT much. If you have seen several Jenson Button interviews, then you probably get the impression (as I do) that he is a decent bloke, who loves F1 and who does not like to stir things up too much (at least publicly) BUT who seems to respect F1 fans. That is how this book comes across to me. He seems likeable, knowledgeable and talented...and a tad safe. I learned a fair bit..but not really that much. But I am quite the F1 fan, so there was probably not much he could have told me that I did not know without throwing some dirt around...which is not his style.
So, the book is a tad dry...but still interesting and enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the insight of this rare championship year June 5 2014
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How all the pieces of an orphan F1 team with a new chassis, necessitating a change of engines, a team manager now owner and a smooth but as yet unsuccessful driver came together, like the alignment of planets. I was rooting for Rubens at the time, but while reading this book I came to appreciate Jensen's composure and achievement as the Brawn team advantage shifted in the second half of the season to Red Bull.
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird... Feb. 7 2014
By André Kellner - Published on
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It's mostly Jenson Button talking about the races, nothing you haven't seen on TV. Like any racing driver, there are a LOT of excuses in this book as to why he didn't win this or that or why he didn't qualify better on the Saturdays.

There is some insight into the before and after the races and what he did with his family.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Jan. 1 2014
By K. Lal - Published on
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A good insight into the journey of an F1 championship and an under dog team. An interesting story about Henson and the team.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Jan. 4 2013
By kris miller - Published on
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Ordered this for my f1 fanatic son and he really likes it. It arrived on date promised and was fairly priced.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play by play of JB's championship year Nov. 27 2011
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This book is the 2009 Formula One year seen through the eyes of Jenson Button leading up to his first World Championship. He tells the story in the first person format, giving you some insight into his inner feelings throughout the year. Although it isn't an edge of your seat exciting book it is an honest review of what must have been a very tense time in the life of one of today's top Formula One drivers.
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