Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brawn Revved Up for Another Season of Glory with Button; Victorious Team Already Working on Faster Car for Next Season as Boss Tips Brit Hero for a World Title Double. by David Smith

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brawn Revved Up for Another Season of Glory with Button; Victorious Team Already Working on Faster Car for Next Season as Boss Tips Brit Hero for a World Title Double. by David Smith

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Byline: David Smith

ROSS BRAWN has warned Formula One rivals that his team are on track to win the world title for a second successive season.

There is still one round of the 2009 season to be run, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday week, but already Brawn is well advanced with plans to defend both the drivers' and constructors' championships clinched in Brazil.

He said: "We've got a good budget for next year. The finance is in place, and we started on next year's car quite a long time ago.

"It will be tough. But there is so much confidence in the team from what has happened this season, and that will make a big difference. I'm quietly confident."

Brawn knows it is unlikely he will again be allowed to steal a march on the opposition who, at the start of the current campaign, were left trailing by his car's unique but highly effective diffuser design. It was this that gave Button a crucial aerodynamic advantage that helped him win six of the first seven races.

But in Button, Brawn believes he will have a new weapon in the form of a driver who will be stronger after his maiden title triumph. He has yet to agree terms with the Briton for a new contract, but it is inconceivable that such a perfect union between a technical genius and a genuine racing talent won't continue.

Brawn, steeped in the success he shared with Michael Schumacher at Benetton and Ferrari, has already revealed he was impressed with the way Button handled the pressure ahead of Brazil when he went eight races with only one podium and came under fire from critics who questioned his mental ability to win the title.

He said: "In the end, he dealt with it. He came through and he is world champion, and I think in that circumstance again he is going to be so much stronger."

But Button will not be the only one on a mission next year. …

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