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Button finishes fifth in Brazil, claims 2009 F1 world championship

October 18, 2009 23:37 IST

Jenson Button and his Brawn GP team were crowned Formula One champions on Sunday in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber.

Jenson Button celebrates after winning the 2009 FI championshipButton finished fifth to become his country's 10th world champion, with closest rival and team mate Rubens Barrichello suffering a late puncture and crossing the line eighth after starting his home race on pole position.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the 22-year-old German who had needed to finish in the top two to have a chance of staying in the reckoning, took fourth place.

Brawn, who had needed only a point to be sure of the championship, become the first team to take the constructors' crown in their first full season.

Poland's Robert Kubica was second for BMW-Sauber with McLaren's outgoing world champion Lewis Hamilton taking third place after starting 17th.

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