Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brawn's Missing Jenson but He's Confident Nico Can Be New No1; Button Is out in Front in the Title Race Again but His Old Mentor Says His New Star Will Overtake the Brit in Spain. by Matt Majendie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brawn's Missing Jenson but He's Confident Nico Can Be New No1; Button Is out in Front in the Title Race Again but His Old Mentor Says His New Star Will Overtake the Brit in Spain. by Matt Majendie

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Byline: Matt Majendie

ROSS BRAWN has admitted he misses having Jenson Button in his team but warned the world championship leader that his two drivers are still capable of eclipsing him in this year's title race.

Button is the surprise championship leader after four races, having quit Brawn's team in the winter to join Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.

Nico Rosberg will arrive in Barcelona for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix lying second and 10 points behind Button in the championship standings, while Mercedes team-mate Michael Schumacher is some way back in 10th. Mercedes GP team boss Brawn, the mastermind behind Button's championship success last season, said: "In some ways, I miss Jenson. I like him a lot and I was disappointed when he chose not to stay at the team.

"But Formula 1 moves on so quickly that I scarcely remember winning the championship last year. Everything's moved forward now and we're not looking back but forward."

Button has won two out of the first four races this season, taking victory in Australia and again in Shanghai earlier this month, upstaging Hamilton at McLaren in the process.

However, Brawn insisted he was far from surprised by the Briton's championship defence to date, although warned that it would not necessarily continue.

He said: "Jenson has driven some extremely intelligent races. He's clearly a very talented guy and he's quickly established a fantastic relationship with his team.

"The racing hasn't quite been straightforward. We have had some unusual races so far, so it's still difficult to predict the championship race. There are four teams very close together and, of course, I believe one of my drivers will end up winning the championship and not Jenson."

Rosberg looks the better bet of the two within the Mercedes team to succeed Button as world champion, having finished in the top five in every race to date this season, eclipsing Schumacher each time.

Brawn believes Rosberg would have celebrated his first grand prix win but for a slight mistake in China which allowed Button to take the lead.

"Nico could have won in Shanghai but he made a mistake and let Jenson through and that was it," said Brawn. …

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